Chidambaram offers small doses for ailing economy

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 Chidambaram offers small doses for ailing economy
Finance Minister P Chidambaram has made a few promises on tax disputes and measures to reduce the fiscal deficit in his first presentation to the media, after taking over as the Finance Minister.

Chidambaram has said that uppermost in his mind is the duty to re-gain the confidence of all stakeholders.

Assuring that inflation can be moderated in the medium term, he said that the Government will work with RBI in this regard. In a statement, the Finance Minister said that a path of financial consolidation will be unveiled shortly. He made it clear that the burden of fiscal correction must be shared, fairly and equitably, by different classes of stakeholders. The Finance Minister said that the poor must be protected and others must bear their fair share of the burden.

"We intend to unveil, shortly, a path of fiscal consolidation. I would like to make it clear that the burden of fiscal correction must be shared, fairly and equitably, by different classes of stakeholders," the Finance Minister stated.

He further said that wherever required, the corrective measures will be taken in bringing clarity in tax laws, to have a stable tax regime, a non-adversarial tax administration and a fair mechanism for dispute resolution.

"Clarity in tax laws, a stable tax regime, a non-adversarial tax administration, a fair mechanism for dispute resolution, and an independent judiciary will provide great assurance to investors. We will take corrective measures wherever necessary. We have recently appointed two Committees, one to examine GAAR legal provisions and guidelines and the other to review taxation of the IT sector and Development Centres," he stated.

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