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Economy is going to bounce back, says Kaushik Basu

PTI  New Delhi, June 29, 2012
First Published: 16:41 IST(29/6/2012) | Last Updated: 16:44 IST(29/6/2012)

India's economic growth, which dipped to 9-year low of 6.5% in 2011-12, is expected to rebound from October, chief economic advisor Kaushik Basu said on Friday.

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He also said the government was working to remove "trust problems" with the industry.

"We are hopeful that economy is going to bounce back within 4-5 months. I mean its October. Before that I can't realistically say that there will be an improvement, but October onwards," he told reporters at the Statistics Day 2012 meet organised by the government.

He also said that inflation, which is hovering at over 7.5%, will start moderating from September onwards.

Basu further said, "We want to work hand in hand with the industry. There is element of trust problem between industry and government that has happened. Over the last several months we were trying to correct it and we will try to correct this as much as possible in the coming months."

Basu further said that while economic growth will pick up any way, "if we can together a couple of reforms" things would speed up.

"We have been stressing that we will have to get a couple of reforms in place for which the big stumbling block has been getting all the political parties in the coalition together. So that we have been working," he added.

Without specifying about the reforms, Basu just said "these have been part of government agenda for the last 2-3 months".

His comments come amid hectic activity to spur the economy following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's taking charge of the finance portfolio after Pranab Mukherjee resigned this week to contest presidential election.

Without specifying the reforms, Basu said "these have been part of government agenda for the last 2-3 months".

The industry as well as investors have been critical of the government for not pushing through economic reforms, accusing it of policy paralysis.

Amid opposition from ally Trinamool Congress, the Centre has not been able to press ahead with its decision to open the multi-brand retail sector to foreign direct investment.

The commerce and industry ministry has been working to bring states on board on the issue.

Also, the government has not been able to move ahead with increasing the FDI limit from the current 26% in the insurance sector.

Earlier, at the function, Basu said while measures are required to arrest the rupee slide, but some depreciation in the domestic currency was an advantage for exporters.

The domestic currency has depreciated sharply in the recent weeks, going below Rs. 57 to a US dollar.


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