Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says 'steadiness' in economy is a good sign with Q3 GDP growth at 4.7%
Speaking at <em>CNBC-TV 18</em>'s Business Leadership Awards 2020, Sitharaman made it clear that she was not expecting a jump in the GDP growth number either.
Speaking at <em>CNBC-TV 18</em>'s Business Leadership Awards 2020, Sitharaman made it clear that she was not expecting a jump in the GDP growth number either
Sitharaman said the government is "pushing the banks like never before" to lend as much as possible across all categories, including retail, home and agriculture segments
The government is working creating a development finance institution (DFI), as were bodies like ICICI and IDBI before they turned into full-fledged banks
The "steadiness" in the economy is a good sign, said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday soon after the official data showed the December quarter GDP growth at 4.7 percent.
Speaking at CNBC-TV18's Indian Business Leader Awards (IBLA) in Mumbai soon after the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers were released, Sitharaman said she didn’t want a surprising figure from the National Statistical Office (NSO).
"(I) didn’t want a surprise or shocker of a number either way… shocker going to 6% or coming down and to that extent I’m happy. Not to say I’m happy with this number, but that happy that we have steadied,” she told CNBC-TV18’s Shereen Bhan.
#CNBCTV18IBLA | As Q3FY20 GDP growth comes in at 4.7% @nsitharaman @FinMinIndia says, 'Glad the GDP numbers indicate there is some steadying in the economy.' @ShereenBhan #CNBCTV18Exclusive pic.twitter.com/snHsc2ItHC
— CNBC-TV18 News (@CNBCTV18News) February 28, 2020
India's economic growth slowed to 4.7 percent in October-December 2019, according to official data released on Friday. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was registered at 5.6 percent in the corresponding quarter of 2018-19, as per the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO).
On the impact of coronavirus on the economy, Sitharaman said there is no need to immediately press the "panic button", but admitted that it may get challenging if the issues prolong for another two or three weeks, citing her conversations with the industry players over the last few days.
#CNBCTV18IBLA | As coronavirus spreads, @nsitharaman @FinMinIndia says, 'There is no need to panic at the moment, and adds that India's contingency plan is almost ready.' @ShereenBhan #CNBCTV18Exclusive pic.twitter.com/mapIQJhdsY — CNBC-TV18 News (@CNBCTV18News) February 28, 2020
She also said the pharmaceutical and electronic industries, which depend heavily on imports from China for raw materials, have suggested airlifting of essential items and the government may consider the same. However, the logistics of the same, like aggregating the goods and getting them to a single place will have to be done by the industry itself, she said, promising help from the government through the consular staff.
Finance Minister @nsitharaman addressing the concerns over the corona virus in conversation with @ShereenBhan at @StanChartIn presents India Business Leader Awards. #CNBCTV18IBLA #LeadersOfChange pic.twitter.com/T7T4U6UBxO
— CNBC-TV18 News (@CNBCTV18News) February 28, 2020
Sitharaman said the government is "pushing the banks like never before" to lend as much as possible across all categories, including retail, home and agriculture segments. She, however, said that the government wants to learn from the experiences of the 2008-09 and ensure that there are no non-performing assets piled up for later years.
Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited asks @nsitharaman what are the few things that can move the needle on putting more money in the hands of people in times of consumption slowdown. #CNBCTV18IBLA #LeadersOfChange @StanChartIN pic.twitter.com/JNhdK5KJnA — CNBC-TV18 News (@CNBCTV18News) February 28, 2020
Sitharaman said the government is working creating a development finance institution (DFI), as were bodies like ICICI and IDBI before they turned into full-fledged banks.
The minister said that the ministry has managed to do whatever it can for the economy within the space offered by keeping the fiscal deficit under check and also added that it is not "closing options" on the same.
--With PTI inputs
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