Hopeful that RBI will cut rates on June 2: Sinha

Asserting that the radical steps taken by Modi government has provided macroeconomic stability in the past one year, Union Minister of state for Finance Jayant Sinha on Tuesday expressed hope that RBI will cut interest rates in its upcoming monetary policy review.

Chandigarh: Asserting that the radical steps taken by Modi government has provided macroeconomic stability in the past one year, Union Minister of state for Finance Jayant Sinha on Tuesday expressed hope that RBI will cut interest rates in its upcoming monetary policy review.

"We have achieved macroeconomic stability, inflation has come down. This now creates room for the Reserve Bank of India to cut rates. I am hopeful that on June 2, Dr (Raghuram) Rajan will cut rates," Sinha said here while addressing industry representatives at CII.

However, he acknowledged that investment flow in the country has gone down, citing high fiscal deficit and high inflation.

"Investment has gone down because last year we had to achieve macroeconomic stabilisation. Therefore monetary policy had to be kept prudent, while fiscal consolidation was also necessary. What we inherited (from previous government) was high inflation and then fiscal deficit had to be controlled. We had to keep (things) tight therefore investment came down," he asserted.

"But now macroeconomic parameters like inflation, fiscal deficit, CAD, GDP growth have improved," he said while stating that what the Centre had done in the last one year in terms of reforms was as "radical" as was in 1991 (economic reforms).

The minister expressed hope that the country would achieve 7.5 percent GDP growth in current fiscal.

Detailing the achievements of Modi-led government on economic front, minister said the NDA government's major achievement was winning belief of people who had lost in the government in the last one decade.

"Economic situation was bad, inflation was high, fiscal deficit was high while CAD was in serious position. But we have controlled it," he said.

Describing country's development as "derailed passenger train" during previous UPA-led regime, Sinha said Modi government first put the "derailed passenger train" on track and then turned it into "Rajdhani" train.

"People now ask us why it is not bullet train," he said while talking to media later.

Asked about promise of implementing Swaminathan Commission report, he said he feigned ignorance about it. "I do not know about the detail, but I will study the matter," he said.

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