NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant says real challenge before India is to grow at 8-9%, sustain it

The government is determined to take India back to a high trajectory growth rate of 8-9 percent and the real challenge before the country is to sustain that growth, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said

Press Trust of India September 25, 2019 13:48:50 IST
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant says real challenge before India is to grow at 8-9%, sustain it
  • Kant's remarks come at a time when the government has taken several measures to boost the economy that has hit over the six-year low of 5 percent

  • The government is determined to take India back to a high trajectory growth rate of 8-9 percent, he said

  • The challenge before India is really to grow on a sustained basis of 8-9 percent per annum year after year for three decades or more, Kant said

New Delhi: The government is determined to take India back to a high trajectory growth rate of 8-9 percent and the real challenge before the country is to sustain that growth, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said.

His remarks come at a time when the government has taken several measures to boost the economy that has hit over the six-year low of 5 percent.

"The government is determined to take India back to a high trajectory growth rate of 8-9 percent and the challenge before India is really to grow on a sustained basis of 8-9 percent per annum year after year for three decades or more," Kant said last evening.

He was speaking during 61st Holland Memorial Lecture organised by the Mining, Geological & Metallurgical Insititute of India (MGMI).

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant says real challenge before India is to grow at 89 sustain it

A file photo of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. PTI

"But if we have to do this for the next three decades, energy (sector) has to be at the centre of this economical growth," he said adding that no country in the world has been able to grow for long periods of time without focusing on energy and managing it efficiently.

Stating that India's current energy consumption per capita was only about one-third of the world average, Kant said if India aspires to be a developed nation its per capita energy consumption should increase many folds.

"Though we are comparatively an energy-efficient economy, the energy requirement per unit of GDP is much lower than the world average and we would be taking all measure to increase this efficiency further," he said.

"In the last quarter of 2017-18 we grew at 8.1 percent. This growth has fallen to 5 percent in the first quarter of 2019-20. And there is a lot of debate going on whether this is a cyclical downturn, whether there are structural challenges to the Indian economy," he said.

Several measures have been taken by the government to revive the sagging economy. The RBI has brought down repo rate by about 110 basis points this year and the finance minister has undertaken four economic boosters, he explained.

In the biggest reduction in 28 years, the government on Friday cut the corporate tax rate by almost 10 percentage points as it looked to pull the economy out of a six-year low growth and a 45-year high unemployment rate by reviving private investments with a Rs 1.45-lakh crore tax break.

The first set of announcements was made on 23 August that included a rollback of the enhanced surcharge imposed on foreign portfolio and domestic investors in Budget 2019-20.

It was followed by the announcement with regard to the consolidation of 10 public sector banks (PSBs) into four on 30 August.

The government also announced a slew of measures to boost exports and real estate sector.

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