Ahmedabad: Terming the low GDP growth as a "temporary phenomenon", Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said things will improve in future as the fundamentals of Indian economy are strong.
Talking about the 5 percent GDP growth registered in the first quarter of the fiscal, Prasad said here that global as well as local factors were responsible for it.
"The fundamentals of the Indian economy are very strong. While inflation is 3.15 percent, the fiscal deficit is 3.4 percent. We have kept both under control. Moreover, India has attracted $16.30 billion of foreign investment in 2019-20, a rise of 28 percent," he said.
"Our foreign exchange reserves stand at $428 billion," said the minister for Law and Justice,
Communications and Electronics and Information Technology.
The senior BJP leader was here to speak about the achievements of the Narendra Modi government in the first 100 days in the second term.
"In all these parameters, India is very strong. If the GDP growth is 5 percent in the first quarter, then it will improve in the future....This is a temporary phenomenon. It happened because of some global as well as local factors.
"But we are taking all necessary steps to boost the economy," the Union minister added.
"Tax collection is also an important parameter. Income tax collection was Rs 10.02 lakh crore in 2017-18 against Rs 6.38 lakh crore in 2013-14. Even GST collection for August 2019 was Rs 98,202 crore, increase of 4.51 percent from August 2018," said Prasad.
Prasad also announced that from the next month, income tax notices will not be served directly to taxpayers. Notices will be routed into a system which will take a call after examining them, he said.
Later in the evening, the minister inaugurated the `NASSCOM Center of Excellence - Intelligence of Things' at IIT-Gandhinagar.
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Updated Date: Sep 12, 2019 12:08:58 IST