Davos, Jan 21: The Indian economy needs multiple engines of growth while the government focus now is on reviving private investments, Union Fince Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. “We have a very noisy democracy, but I am finding that there are more people who want to support growth while others are a very minuscule minority. Any economy needs multiple engines of growth,” he said. The minister was speaking at a session on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting here, organised jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Boston Consulting Group. “In the past, we had fewer such engines and we need a few more. Public investment is one that we are doing. We are concentrating on infrastructure and for the first time in history, we have been able to ratiolise the subsidies,” Jaitley said.
“India is a noisy democracy but I am sure that we would be able to get all of them through. Some measures have got delayed but none of them have actually hit a complete roadblock,” he added.
In relation to the proposed Goods and Services Tax Bill pending in the Rajya Sabha because the ruling tiol Democratic Alliance lacks the requisite majority to push it through, Jaitley said the GST legislation would go through as the numbers in India’s upper house of parliament will change favourably soon.
“The paradox is that the party which drafted GST is not on board. But then the numbers in the Rajya Sabha are going to favourably change (for the government) soon and I am hopeful that the GST would get through,” he said.
The BJP-led government is expecting improved numbers in the Rajya Sabha in April 2016 since a number of Congress members are retiring in March and April. In March, five nomited members of the upper house are retiring. The BJP-led government will get to nomite new members.
Underlining the key role of states in the reform process, Jaitley said these are now competing with each other to attract investments.
“Most states that grow will actually add to the country’s growth rate,” he said.