Politically difficult to speed up structural reforms: Raghuram Rajan

It is 'politically difficult' to speed up structural reforms in India, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Saturday even as he stressed on a need for cleansing the banks and checking inflation to ensure faster GDP growth.

PTI| Last Updated: May 22, 2016, 00:13 AM IST
Politically difficult to speed up structural reforms: Raghuram Rajan

Bhubaneswar: It is 'politically difficult' to speed up structural reforms in India, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Saturday even as he stressed on a need for cleansing the banks and checking inflation to ensure faster GDP growth.

Rajan also said labour market reforms can boost growth, but the process may draw opposition.

Delivering a lecture on "The Global Economy and India" here, the former Chief Economist of IMF said new rules need to be evolved for international monetary policy and called for the emerging markets like India to "speak up and raise their voice louder" to have a say in setting the global agenda.

The Governor said India is fairly safe from volatile global economy and it has posted 7.5 per cent growth despite two droughts and weak international market.

"Despite two droughts and weak international market scenario, we are registering about 7.5 per cent growth because of macro level stability,"

While there is a need to ensure further growth of macro level stabilisation, the country would have to keep the inflation under control and cleanse the banks, he said. "This can strengthen macro level stability," he said.

Coupled with macro level stability, maintaining reforms would attract both international and domestic investors and spur activities, Rajan said.

Stating that structural reforms are important for elevating the potential of economy, the RBI Governor said degree of competition and level of participation of different segments of society should be raised in order to bring more and more people into the workforce.