RBI expects growth to pick up from Q2 on govt spending, says there is possibility of more rate cuts

Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das Friday exuded confidence that second-quarter GDP numbers will be better than the previous one as the government has started spending again

Press Trust of India September 20, 2019 12:49:19 IST
RBI expects growth to pick up from Q2 on govt spending, says there is possibility of more rate cuts
  • Attributing the 5 percent GDP growth in Q1, which is a six-year low and is even lower than that of Pakistans 5.4 percent, to very low government spending, Das said with the centre opening its coffers again growth should pick up going forward

  • The governor also welcomed the government announcement in the morning to slash corporate tax across the board and termed the same as bold moves which should benefit all sectors

  • In a major fiscal booster, the government slashed effective corporate tax to 25.17 per cent inclusive of all cess and surcharges for domestic companies.

Mumbai: Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das Friday exuded confidence that second-quarter GDP numbers will be better than the previous one as the government has started spending again.

Attributing the 5 percent GDP growth in Q1, which is a six-year low and is even lower than that of Pakistans 5.4 percent, to very low government spending, Das said with the centre opening its coffers again growth should pick up going forward.

The governor also welcomed the government announcement in the morning to slash corporate tax across the board and termed the same as bold moves which should benefit all sectors.

In a major fiscal booster, the government slashed effective corporate tax to 25.17 percent inclusive of all cess and surcharges for domestic companies.

RBI expects growth to pick up from Q2 on govt spending says there is possibility of more rate cuts

File image of RBI governor Shaktikanta Das. Reuters

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the revenue foregone on reduction in corporate tax and other relief measures will be Rs 1.45 lakh crore annually.

This, she said is being done to promote investment and growth.

Das also reiterated the possibility of more rate cuts if incoming data support such a move but warned against government initiating any fiscal expansion, saying it has no legroom to do so given the high deficit numbers.

He also called for urgent structural reforms especially inland and labour as well as entrepreneurial areas.

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