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Economy facing difficulties: PM

Last Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 21:01

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday said the Indian economy was facing "difficulties" but expressed hope that the challenges will be overcome.

"There are difficulties. Life will not be worth living if there are no difficulties. I am confident with great determination, we will overcome (these)," Singh said in his brief intervention at a panel discussion here this evening.

The Prime Minister was the chief guest at a panel discussion on the 'Challenges of Economic Reforms in India'.

"I had accepted this invitation on the condition that I will not speak. I don't wish to break that," Singh said after the discussion during which RBI Governor D Subbarao, Professor of University of Chicago Raghuram G Rajan and Business Standard Chairman T N Ninan participated.

While Rajan called for implementing the second generation of economic reforms including raising of fuel prices quickly, resolving bottlenecks and treating foreign investors 'kindly', Subbarao expressed concern at large fiscal and current account deficits.

The issues concerning declining growth and the impact for eurozone crisis on the domestic economy too figured during the discussion.

The growth rate during 2011-12 slipped to three-year low of 6.9 percent, mainly on account of global factors. The government proposes to raise it to 7.6 percent during the current fiscal.

The discussion was organised by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) which had published essays by leading economists on the economic reforms and developments.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 21:01
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