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    FM Arun Jaitley Promises to Hike Public Spending on Infra to Boost Growth


    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday promised to hike public spending on infrastructure, ease entry barriers for overseas investors and introduce GST Bill besides pitching for more interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), seeking to push economic growth.

    "The government would also unveil more initiatives to promote ease of doing business while taking advantage of the 'historic opportunity' to push growth rate to double-digit level", he said.


    "I have mentioned about allocation of resources, resolution of disputes in government contract, bankruptcy law so that the exit itself becomes easier.

    FM Arun Jaitley Promises to Hike Public Spending on Infra to Boost Growth

    "In the ease of doing business there are some initiatives that are in pipeline from entry point to time gap between the entry point and actual start of business, to the enabling environment, the exit and to a non-adversarial taxation regime," he said addressing investors at 'The Growth Net' meeting.

    Jaitley parried questions on giving a fixed five-year term to the RBI Governor saying that let others participate in the debate and he would speak at the end.

    The Minister, however, expressed the hope that RBI would reduce the interest rate which will give a boost to the manufacturing sector.

    "I am quite certain we will see more cuts (in policy rates) in future. But as of today if you ask me how much and when, it is in the domain of the Reserve Bank and I will leave it to them (RBI)," he said.

    Stating that manufacturing sector is challenging, he said: "It is here that we have to actually invent the key engine of growth. This is an area where countries which overtook us.

    China is an obvious example..."Our concentration therefore is on 'Make in India', ability to try and device various methods of financing infrastructure...this is one are where we need to seriously concentrate on."


    Noting that liquidity is getting into railways, highways, and ports, Jaitley said he said he doesn't expect the private sector to suddenly raise funds and say it will build infrastructure.

    "This (investment) is the first responsibility of the government particularly when you are trying to get out of the slowdown phase, we are quite conscious of that".


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    Story first published: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 9:47 [IST]
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