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No magic wand to deal with economic woes: Rajan

PTI  New Delhi, August 06, 2013
First Published: 19:38 IST(6/8/2013) | Last Updated: 19:41 IST(6/8/2013)

Reserve Bank Governor designate Raghuram G Rajan on Monday said there is no magic wand to pull the country instantly out of challenges being faced by the economy.


"These are challenging times for the Indian economy... The government and the RBI are working together to address these challenges. We don't have a magic wand to make the problems disappear instantaneously. But I have absolutely no doubt, we will deal with them,"  he said.

After the announcement of his appointment as the new RBI governor, Rajan made a brief statement to reporters without taking any questions.

He will be the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank and will succeed Duvvuri Subbarao who demits office on September 4.

Rajan, who joined as the Chief Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry is August last year, said "I look forward to working with many dedicated employees of the RBI to continue these traditions even though I will miss my colleagues in the Finance Ministry".

RBI, he added, is a great institution with a tradition of great integrity, independence and professionalism.

A former IMF Chief Economist Rajan joins the RBI at a time when the government is battling industrial slowdown, declining rupee, rising prices and all-time high Current Account Deficit (CAD).

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