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New Delhi: A review of the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy, to check the need for further liberalisation in key sectors, and identifying key projects to be financed under the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund are among the slew of measures planned by the Modi government to meet its $5 trillion economy goal by 2024, ThePrint has learnt.  

In a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth held December-end, plans to revisit the strict RERA norms for real estate companies, particularly for small and medium real estate companies, were also discussed, highly-placed sources told ThePrint. 

A senior government official said the committee also deliberated on a roadmap for scaling up investment in crucial sectors, such as agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure as well as energy and mining.

“All relevant ministries have been asked to prepare proposals that would be subsequently presented before the committee,” the official said. 

The committee is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has four other members —  Home Minister Amit Shah, Highways and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Commerce & Railways Minister Piyush Goyal. 

Sitharaman, while presenting the budget last year, said the Modi 2.0 cabinet is all about making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024. Since then, the $5 trillion economy promise has dominated both Modi and his cabinet ministers’ discourses. 

In her budget speech this year, Sitharaman announced steps as part of the government’s efforts at achieving the $5-trillion target. 

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She announced steps to ensure adequate funding to infrastructure, including setting up a fund to accelerate investments in the sector. She also promised steps to remove roadblocks for investors and to promote India as a hub of electronic manufacturing.

For the rural economy, the budget announced steps to provide better warehousing facilities as well as steps to promote fisheries, dairy farming and horticulture besides traditional crops. 

But the Indian economy is projected to grow at only 5 per cent in 2019-20 and at 6 per cent in 2020-21, much lower than the growth rates required to achieve a $5 trillion economy by 2024.

For this, the nominal GDP has to grow at a rate of 12 per cent annually beginning 2019-20 or roughly a 8 per cent real growth rate along with 4 per cent inflation.  

Economists predict that with the current growth rates, the nominal GDP growth will have to be more than 17 per cent annually for the three years between 2021-22 and 2023-24. 


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The infrastructure push

One of the sectors that the Modi government has been concentrating on is infrastructure.  

The government’s push in this sector was evident last year when Sitharaman unveiled Rs 102 lakh crore of infrastructure projects, under the National Infrastructure Pipeline, to be implemented in the next five years. 

A source privy to the talks at the cabinet committee said it was also discussed that the ministries would have to finalise plans for investing the Rs 100 lakh crore over the next five years.   

The source told ThePrint that other measures discussed include revisiting the Non-Performing Assets (NPA) norms in a bid to encourage the growth of the MSME sector. The RBI had announced a restructuring of MSME accounts, in a bid to provide relief to the stressed sector.   

“All ministries have been told to put a concerted effort on meeting this target and specific proposals to boost economic growth and development by ensuring greater credit flow to certain sectors, greater capital inflows and reforms of specific sectors will be discussed in the months to come,” the source said. 


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Other measures

Minimising leakages by ensuring that subsidies are largely transferred through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), reducing “wasteful” expenditure in all ministries by 20 per cent, filling up vacancies across departments in a time-bound manner and reducing imports of non-essential goods, were also discussed in the meeting.

These measures would be overseen by the Department of Expenditure in the Ministry of Finance, the Department of Personnel and Training and the commerce ministry, sources said.

The DBT involves transferring the subsidy amount and other benefits directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.   

The sources added that the current state of the Indian economy, challenges and measures for improving economic growth and creating jobs were also discussed in the meeting. 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves are nearing 475 Bn.
    Can some enlightened economist through The Print explain to the common readers in simple terms, why is it happening ?
    Common sense tell one not to put money in a badly managed, corrupt and directionless entity. (like JET, Kingfisher or Air India)
    Are we facking things or are the people putting their money in this country stupid and being taken for a ride ?

  2. The DBT and minimizing leakages has done good. But as we see price rises e. g price for LPG announced today will affect the middle class. General price increases aided by unimaginative CST burden across the board will also hamper growth. Lack of purchasing power in the hands of Rural and urban middle class and general paucity in money in circulation ,due to whatever reasons is affecting consumption.private investment and growth.
    Corporate sector are not showing healthy profits.Banking system is not fully geared to move forward to stimulate growth, Infrastructure projects are fine,but their immediate impact on income generation and growth could be minimal.
    There is a need for a tactical as well strategic plan while addressing economic growth concerns.

  3. it is not at all difficult to make it into a 5 trillion economy.Graphics. Graphics will do the tricks. Or else revalue the Rupee as needed.. Improve the economy.Certainly not. that will remain a bluff only

  4. Some things, like my getting married to Marilyn Monroe, are just not possible in life. $ 5 trillion by 2024, doubling of farmers’ incomes in five years. While it is good in all spheres of human endeavour to set high targets and work diligently to achieve them, given the recent culture of governance, with the detritus of important programmes like Make in India and Smart cities lying all around us, it would be good not to reduce the quest for higher economic growth to part of an unceasing PR campaign.

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