This Article is From Jan 28, 2016

India Has Potential to Grow at 8%: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

India Has Potential to Grow at 8%: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said implementation of reforms like goods and services tax (GST) and bankruptcy law are necessary for India to grow at 7.7-8 per cent.

New Delhi: Indian economy, which expanded at 7.7 per cent between 2003 and 2014, has potential to clock 8 per cent growth in the near future, former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Thursday.

He also said that for India to grow at 7.7-8 per cent, implementation of reforms like goods and services tax (GST) and bankruptcy law are necessary.

"I would say post-1991 reform, from 2003-14, India grew at 7.7 per cent. That, I can guarantee, would not have happened if the 1991 reform had not been done."

"I think Indian economy has that potential to grow at 7.7 per cent if world economy in bad shape, if world economy does well then it has potential to grow at 8 per cent," Mr Ahluwalia said while addressing students of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).

Indian economy grew at 7.3 per cent last fiscal year and the mid-year economic analysis has forecast a GDP growth of 7-7.5 per cent in 2015-16.

Mr Ahluwalia also noted that although the launch of 1991 economic reforms was a watershed moment, they had actually begun in mid-1980s.

Regretting that reforms in taxation have been slower, the former director of IMF said that "in the last 25 years, what we achieved we should have achieved in 10 years".