"I can confidently assert that the economy is more stable today than what it was two years ago. The fiscal deficit is declining, the CAD (current account deficit) is being constrained, inflation has moderated, the quarterly growth rate is on the rise and the exchange rate is stable, exports have increased and hundreds of projects have been unblocked," he said.
The government and the Reserve Bank of India had taken several steps to curb gold imports, which had hurt the CAD and led to the battering of the rupee. The RBI had opened special swaps windows to attract deposits from non-resident Indians and allow oil-marketing companies to source dollars. On its part, the capital market regulator had taken steps to check speculation in the currency market. The rupee, which had touched a lifetime low of 68.82 against the US dollar in August 2013, had recovered significantly and opened at 61.96 a dollar today. The Cabinet Committee on Investment headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has cleared 296 mega projects. PTI JD DP NKD JC