FM Arun Jaitley Regrets Delay In GST Rollout

- Alive/NNC Correspondent   06-08-2015


Citing slowdown in China, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said India has a chance to become a global manufacturing hub but regretted that Congress was not allowing GST rollout which alone could push GDP by 1 to 2 percent.

The minister said in Lok Sabha that India can see 8 percent growth as the government is taking a host of steps to boost investment besides reviving stalled projects and pumping in more funds into PSU banks. In addition, "rain Gods have been kinder this year which is expected result in a good harvest," he said.

Jaitley, who was replying to a debate on Supplementary Demand for Grants amid a boycott by Congress and a number of other opposition parties, said the government will infuse Rs 70,000 crore in PSU banks in the four years and they will raise another Rs 1.10 lakh crore from the market, making them healthier to finance economic growth.

"If my friends (Congress), who are not present in House today, allow implementation of GST, which was introduced by Congress, you will have an uniform tax rate, one market and it is capable of boosting economy by 1-2 percent.

"In adverse situation we can touch 8 percent if banks are recapitalised, GST implemented, stalled projects revived and infrastructure spending improves," he said.