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Assocham gives 7 out of 10 for Modi Govt's first year performance

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on May 17, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses Indian Community people during a reception in Shanghai on Saturday.

Needs to cover ground on taxation issues

Giving the Modi Government 7 out of 10 for its first year’s performance, industry body Assocham today said it still needs to cover some ground on tax issues and a lot more needs to be done on improving the ease of doing business.

The country’s macro-economic situation has improved in the past one year with decline in inflation, stability in currency and attractive financial markets, it said.

“However, the NDA government has to cover some ground in terms of taxation issues, particularly with regard to FIIs’ problems on retrospective liabilities and in taking big-ticket infrastructure projects off the ground,” Assocham said in a statement.

It also said a lot more needs to be done on improving the ease of doing business at the state level.

“The industry and the commentators must realise that an economy of two trillion dollars, well integrated with the world, can’t be catapulted into high growth, just with the change of the government.

“However much the government is sincere, policy tweaking, legislative changes and revival of investment appetite need to be followed by increase in consumer demand, and would take time of say, 24-30 months.

“And then, a lot would also depend on the global markets which are subdued,” Assocham said.

The government, it said, has made a good beginning, though it now needs to move faster on things like goods and services tax and send a new signal of confidence.

“Seven out of ten, according to Assocham, is the right score for the Narendra Modi Government on completion of first year in office,” the chamber said.

Assocham President Rana Kapoor said that the Government deserves credit for somehow making Parliament run better with the result that some of the difficult legislations have been cleared, including raising FDI limit in insurance and defence sectors to 49 per cent.

“Likewise, investor confidence and transparency have been achieved with the successful completion of auction of coal blocks and spectrum, raking in over Rs 3 lakh crore for the Centre and states,” Kapoor said.

However, the chamber said the focus must remain on further improving the ease of doing business, as at the state level, a lot needs to be done.

Besides, the global environment for manufacturing is not conducive, as has been reflected in the downward trends in exports of merchandise goods.

Commenting on industrial output, it said that the growth in industrial production is not only a function of government policies but also a lot of domestic and global macro factors, which do not seem to be very friendly.

Published on May 17, 2015
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