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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (File Photo: PTI)[/caption]
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that India will be among lesser impacted economies because of the global economic turmoil.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the industry to take risks and step up investments especially in job-creating sectors as his government looks to perk the economy by boosting spending and attracting global capital with improving ease of doing business.
A meeting of the industry and business leaders, bankers and economists called by the Prime Minister to discuss how to convert the global turmoil into an opportunity felt that its
impact on India would be far less while India Inc favoured an interest rate cut to bringing down cost of funds.
In a nutshell, the participants at the three-hour long meeting analysed the recent global events, their impact on India and the opportunities in-built in the situation for India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the interaction.
He said the participants, 27 of whom spoke, felt the global situation, especially the volatility in the capital and currency markets, is a transient phase and that steps should
be taken to strengthen the real economy.
Prime Minister laid thrust on low cost manufacturing and felt the strength of economy lies in its huge human resource, size of domestic market and that it is not entire export
He also laid emphasis on small and medium enterprises sector and using MNERGA funds as a possible tool for skill development and using Mundra Bank for supporting unorganised
sector, Jaitley said. Transparency in governance will lead to early decisions.
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"Prime Minister has said that industry must take risk and increase investments...we must go out and invest. Industry has a role to play," CII president Sumit Mazumder told reporters after the meeting of Prime Minister with CEOs, bankers, economists and bureaucrats on the global economic slowdown.
Several industry leaders meanwhile pitched for interest rate cut saying it would help them take risks and scale up investments.
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"Prime Minister said this is an opportunity for us to take advantage and invest...cost of capital is too high but I don't know how many people can go ahead to take risk and invest... many of us raised the issue of interest rate," Ficci president Jyotsna Suri said.
Assocham president Rana Kapoor said that Prime Minister asked industry to "catalyse risk taking ability". He said the issue of capital requirement of banks to meet economic growth and the need to bifurcate bad assets of the banking system came up for discussion.
As far as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation is concerned, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed hope that it would by rolled out, Mazumder said, adding the land
bill did not come up for discussion.
The industry leaders who attended the brain storming session with Modi on 'Recent global events: Opportunities for India' were Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata
Group head Cyrus P Mistry, Aditya Birla Group head Kumar Mangalam Birla, Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Airtel and ITC chief Y C Deveshwar.
Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan as well as Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were also
(With Inputs From PTI)