Chidambaram favours more action to boost investor sentiment

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 22, 2012

More policy initiatives will be taken to push reforms and boost investors' sentiment, says P. Chidambaram.

The government will take more steps to push reforms, boost investor sentiment and provide stable tax laws, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday, while expressing satisfaction over the positive response of stock markets to the recent policy initiatives.

“We are committed to undertaking a range of actions, small and large, that ensures that we are able to support our economic growth with a stable environment,” he said at a conference, ‘Economic Growth and Changes of Corporate Environment in Asia’

The assertion came a day after the Finance Ministry cut withholding tax on overseas borrowings to 5 per cent from 20 per cent and approved the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme to attract first time investors to stock markets.

Stock markets cheered the announcement, with the BSE benchmark Sensex closing 404 points higher at 18,752.83 yesterday.

“I am happy to note that the recent decisions taken by government have been widely welcomed, especially by markets and by important stake—holders in the market,” he said.

Underlining the need for clarity in tax laws, Chidambaram said lack of clarity in laws can create a great degree of instability in the environment which is not good for economic growth.

“And one of the most important contributor to stable environment is clarity in law, especially tax laws, fairness in tax administration, and non—adversarial approach to tax administration and collection of taxes and above all a fair and quick dispute resolution mechanism...,” he said.

Published on September 22, 2012
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