Double-digit growth possible if reforms continue: Panagariya

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on January 30, 2016

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya (file photo)

India is expected to achieve double-digit growth in the next two-three years if the reform process continues, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya said today.

Besides, he expressed the hope that GST will be implemented as both parties concerned broadly agreed on the comprehensive indirect tax reforms.

“The scope of India to expand is quite considerable as long as our reform process moves in the right direction. We have reason to expect that we will, as I have been arguing, in the next two-three years begin to touch double-digit growth. So, I see an optimistic future,” he said at the ET Global Business Summit.

Even today, he said, when the world market is not growing or growing slowly, India is a very large market with merchandise exports alone at about $18 trillion and services exports at $5 trillion.

“So, if we stay on the reform path and do the right thing, I think the pie that exists is very large. Our current share is 1.75 per cent of $18 trillion... and about 3 per cent of $5 trillion in services exports,” he said.

On reforms, Panagariya is confident that GST will go through.

“This is something which has had support from both sides. This reform first originated in the previous NDA government. The Congress party was behind the reforms. Now, there has been some disagreement,” he said.

He spoke about labour reforms being carried out by some states, with Rajasthan taking the lead. Land reform is also being undertaken by Tamil Nadu.

On the external sector, he said, “The key reason why Indian exports declined about 15 per cent against a 2.5 per cent expansion in global exports is India’s currency has actually appreciated relative to many other countries.”

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Published on January 30, 2016
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