GST, demo done, India can clock higher growth: CEA

New Delhi, Mar 29 () Having overcome the short term consequences of GST and demonetisation, India can now propel itself into a higher growth trajectory, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said today.

He further said the policymakers have to reevaluate whether more has to be done to deal with banking sector woes.

“After we put behind some of the major structural reform, growth has started to revive… In some way there are two or three big reform actions that don’t necessarily involve new stuff that we have to do,” he said while referring to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation and Air India privatisation.

Banks are saddled with Rs 10 lakh crore of bad loans which the policymakers are trying to resolve through insolvency and bankruptcy code and other steps.

“If we can solve this twin balance sheet challenge given the new developments and if we put the short term consequences of GST and demonetisation behind us, I think that could itself propel us to higher rates of growth than we have seen recently,” Subramanian said at the India Economic Conclave.

Indian economy is estimated to grow at 6.6 per cent in the current fiscal, lower than 7.1 per cent recorded in 2016-17.

For 2018-19 fiscal beginning April 1, the growth has been projected to be between 7 to 7.5 per cent. JD CS ABM ABM


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