Indian economy growing fastest, Jaitley on Rajan’s remarks

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016,17:00 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New York | Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has virtually rebutted RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s remarks that India is ‘one-eyed king in the land of blind’ saying compared to the rest of the world, the Indian economy was growing much faster and, in fact, the fastest.

At 7.5 per cent growth rate any other country in the world would be celebrating but it is a tribute to India’s growth story that at this rate we are still impatient because we know that our potential is to do distinctively better, he said. Jaitley was reacting to a question by CNBC TV18 on Rajan’s remarks last week that at 7.5 per cent growth rate India seemed to be ‘one eyed king in the land of blind’.

Compared to the rest of the world we are growing much faster, in fact the fastest. Compared to our own potential, we can do better, he said. On the potential to do distinctively better, Jaitley said, I see a couple of variables (like good monsoon and reforms) if they work to our advantage, we can do much better.

Assuming we have a moderate monsoon or a good monsoon, I am sure we will improve upon our growth rates but I see no difficulty in maintaining the present one because of the thrust on the kind of economic activity going on in India, public investment, foreign direct investment, increased demand, he said.

As regards reforms, he said that the momentum must continue and expressed hope that Goods and Services Tax (GST) will get through with numbers changing for the better in the Rajya Sabha.