No Slowdown, Says Tycoon Adi Godrej in Big Thumbs Up to Economy

Adi Godrej has strongly backed GST saying "it will add a lot of GDP growth to our economy going forward."

1.5K Shares
EMAIL
PRINT
COMMENTS
No Slowdown, Says Tycoon Adi Godrej in Big Thumbs Up to Economy

Click to Play

Adi Godrej said GST "will add a lot of GDP growth to our economy going forward".

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Adi Godrej said slowdown was due to people not clearing goods in June
  2. He said this was because it was the month preceding GST launch
  3. He also said pessimism surrounding the economy was exaggerated
Worries over economic growth based on the April-July quarter are exaggerated, prominent member of India Inc Adi Godrej has said, stressing that things have already changed since July and that he is "quite optimistic about the future."   

"I don't believe there has been an economic slowdown. People are commenting on the June quarter GDP figure, which was a low 5.7 per cent. That was mainly because growth in June was slow...April and May were not bad and June was slow because it was the month preceding the launch of GST, people were downstocking, not clearing goods," the chairman of the Godrej group told NDTV, reporting that his companies "have fared well in the July-September period."

He shares that assessment with the World Bank that says the deceleration in the first quarter is an aberration "mostly due to temporary disruptions in preparation for the GST," and that it expects the new national tax to "have a hugely positive impact on the economy." 

Mr Godrej too has also strongly backed GST saying "it will add a lot of GDP growth to our economy going forward." Glitches like IT issues and on refunds reported by businesses should be addressed, and the government is doing that at the big GST Council meeting today, he said. 
 
pm modi

When GST was launched on July 1, PM Modi had coined the phrase "Good and Simple Tax".

Echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strong defence of his government's policies earlier this week, Adi Godrej said pessimism about the economy was exaggerated and he blamed "people who do not understand business too well" for it.  

"The Prime Minister's speech was appropriate and important. Criticism based on the GDP growth rate exaggerated," Mr Godrej said, adding, "I am not at all as pessimistic as some spokespersons. I am quite optimistic about the future, the second half will do very well."

Amid attacks from the opposition, which has blamed big reforms demonetisation and GST, the Prime Minister had on Wednesday used his address to company secretaries at a function in the capital to allay fears about the decline in growth in the last quarter and said the government was "committed to and capable" of reversing the setback. He warned against "people who sleep well only after they spread a feeling of pessimism." 

Union minister Piyush Goyal told NDTV on Wednesday that the economy is in "very good shape", stressing that the slowdown in growth is temporary, caused by the big and complex transition to a the new national tax.

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................