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Too many reforms by Modi govt slowed down GDP growth: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant

The NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant recommended that the government need to give a thrust to major structural reforms as was done earlier. He espoused an array of policy decisions to revive the economy.

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Too many reforms by Modi govt slowed down GDP growth: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant
NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant Friday said that a spate a wave of reforms undertaken by the Modi-led government has led to the current slowdown in the Indian economy.

NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant Friday said that a spate a wave of reforms undertaken by the Modi-led government has led to the current slowdown in the Indian economy.

"One of the reasons for the slowdown is that it has had too much of reforms - GST [Goods and Services Tax], IBC [Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code], RERA [ Real Estate Regulatory Authority] - a huge set of reforms which we have undertaken and I think the next round of reforms must revolve around sectors like oil and gas, mining, coal," Kant said at Bloomberg NEF Summit in New Delhi.

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The NITI Aayog CEO recommended that the government need to give a thrust to major structural reforms as was done earlier. He espoused an array of policy decisions to revive the economy.

"Firstly, you need to bring in greater levels of liquidity. Secondly, you need to revive the animal spirit of the private sector, you can never create wealth without the private sector. Thirdly, the government needs to get out of business in a range of areas and you need to recycle a lot of government assets such as roads. We have done this with airports," he said.

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"Gas grids, gas pipelines, transmission lines should be privately-owned. NITI Aayog has recommended a vast range of public sector for privatisation. Once we have private sector coming in, bank credit will start flowing in and this is critical. Fourthly, we must push for major structural reforms as we did earlier," he added.

"One of the reasons for the slowdown is that it has had too much of reforms - GST, IBC, RERA - a huge set of reforms which we have undertaken and I think the next round of reforms must revolve around sectors like oil and gas, mining, coal. We must commercialise coal mining, railways and they will really drive the growth in India," Kant said.

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