Agri reforms to not affect progress: Former Niti Ayog chief

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22

While agriculture reforms will redistribute agriculture earnings within the favour of farmers, they’d do little or no for financial progress, former NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya mentioned right here on Tuesday.

With solely 15 per cent share in GDP, agriculture, at its greatest efficiency, would contribute merely 0.6 per cent to the GDP progress. With common farm dimension being lower than a hectare, doubling and even trebling farmer earnings will make little distinction, he argued whereas talking on the 47th National Management Convention of All India Management Association (AIMA).

Panagariya was important of the slogan of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, observing that it was a rhetorical flourish aimed on the home viewers, primarily farmers. It truly meant individuals taking care of themselves as a substitute of anticipating handouts from the federal government. However, import substitution exercise, now being underlined below Atmanirbhar Bharat, has been happening for 3 years, which isn’t useful.

“Keeping imports out protects the disability of domestic companies by making foreign competitors less able. Instead, India needs to raise its productivity and lower its costs,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, the State Bank of India Chairman Rajnish Kumar mentioned rate of interest cuts had not led to extend in funding, regardless of the banks passing on the speed cuts to the shoppers.

Credit progress had been sluggish this 12 months as capital expenditure was not occurring on the regular tempo. During the final disaster in 2008, banks had elevated lending by diluting norms for which the nation had paid a excessive worth. So banks have been being prudent this time, he mentioned whereas declaring that infrastructure spending was the best way to revive financial progress. India has a five-year pipeline of infrastructure initiatives value Rs 100 lakh crore, which alone may enhance the economic system as a result of building creates jobs and demand.

Panagariya additionally needed the Modi authorities to rapidly recapitalise banks and the RBI to loosen up its obsession with the inflation fee. The increased inflation fee in April-June was due to a provide shock and he anticipated the speed to drop when provide returns. RBI ought to as a substitute work more durable to forestall appreciation of the rupee with a view to stop erosion of the worth of India’s exports.

For him, essentially the most important step required to deliver again progress within the Indian economic system was to recapitalise banks. Economic progress has slid previously couple of years due to the stress within the monetary sector which has filtered into the final economic system. “Restructuring loans will only delay NPAs and bankruptcies and not prevent those,” he mentioned.

The economic system paid closely for the delay in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, in accordance with him, and a credit score collapse will occur once more if the issue is just not addressed instantly.

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