Economy

Govt to take steps to improve economy “fairly quickly”: Nirmala Sitharaman

Reuters NEW DELHI | Updated on August 05, 2019 Published on August 05, 2019

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman   -  PTI

Added, she is open to hearing from foreign portfolio investors on “any issue.”

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday the government planned steps to improve the state of the economy “fairly quickly” after getting inputs from business leaders.

Sitharaman is fighting a slowdown in the gross domestic product (GDP) and rising unemployment, with the jobless rate rising about 2 percentage points in July compared to a year earlier according to private data group CMIE.

The government has been meeting industry executives and will take steps to address the challenges facing the economy after a series of meetings this week, Sitharaman told reporters.

On sovereign overseas bonds

The government has not decided on the timing and size of its sovereign overseas bonds, she said, adding that she is open to hearing from foreign portfolio investors on “any issue.”

Published on August 05, 2019
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