Economy

Chidambaram appeals to Opposition not to obstruct reforms process

Shishir Sinha K. R. Srivats New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 08, 2012

A file photo of Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

The Finance Minister has appealed to the political parties and, especially the Opposition, not to create obstructions for the reform policies.

Inaugurating the annual Economic Editors Conference, he said, "The Government is entitled to lay down policies. Opposition to policies is legitimate, obstructionism is not." The Government of the day must be allowed to lay down policies, pass legislations wherever necessary, and get on with the job of implementing those policies, he added.

Noting that these were challenging times, the Minister said, "Without reforms, we risk a sharp and continuing slowdown of the economy which we cannot afford given the imperative need to generate jobs and incomes for a large population, most of whom are young."

Economic growth during 2011-12 slipped to a nine-year low of 6.5 per cent and during the first quarter of the current fiscal it was 5.5 per cent. Expressing confidence that with requisite savings and investments India’s economic growth rate will recover to 8 per cent and more, and perhaps touch 9 per cent, the Minister said, "We should keep that rate of growth as our objective and progress towards achieving that objective."

The Government recently took a host of reform initiatives but steps such as hiking the foreign investment cap in insurance and pension to 49 per cent would require legislative changes, which would not be possible without the support of the main Opposition party, BJP.

"Long-standing structural reforms required to achieve high investment and high growth rates have been held back because of many reasons. The need to forge a consensus on reforms, the practical necessity to garner support across the political spectrum to pass legislation... Nevertheless we are now addressing the difficult areas of reforms," he said.



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Published on October 08, 2012
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