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Opposition slams govt over inflation

PTI | Last Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:02

New Delhi: Opposition Thursday attacked the government over rising inflation and said its failure to pursue reforms aggressively through the maiden budget would make India vulnerable to changes in global economy.

They also faulted the government for not going in for big bang measures in the first budget of the NDA government to address the stagflation.
The members also sought a roadmap for rolling out the much delayed GST (Goods and Services Tax) whose implementation would lead to two per cent rise in the country`s GDP.

"If you are not aggressive in pushing reforms, Indian economy will remain vulnerable to slightest of changes in the international scenario," senior Congress leader M Verappa Moily said initiating a discussion on the Finance bill.

Dubbing the budget 2014-15 as "status quoist", he said despite much talk and promises, the government has not taken the economic agenda forward.
Moily said there has been no effort made to bring major reforms in the tax administration, noting that when BJP was in the opposition, it used to attack the government over "tax terrorism". " Have you made any attempt to remove that type of tension now?" he asked the government.

The former Union Minister also made a strong plea that there was need to redefine the role of the regulators at a time when the bureaucrats are fearing to take decisions as "regulator is haunting every official and is holding every action suspect".

He suggested this atmosphere needed to be changed to brighten up the investment climate.

First Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:02

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