Speaking to the reporters, Finance Minister said, "Just as we consolidated the Indian economy in 2012-13,I am confident that we will take the economy one rung higher in 2013-14. We are looking forward to a growth rate between 5.5-6 per cent and we will take all measures to achieve that goal."
"When the global economy is challenged, the Indian economy will also face challenges. It is the challenges that should bring out the best in the people, especially our farmers, manufacturers and service providers. I am an eternal optimist," he added.
According to the PTI News agency, Chidambaram urged that domestic investments must be revived, and added that the demand for credit is sluggish from big industry.