Next fiscal right time for stimulus withdrawal: PMEAC

Next fiscal right time for stimulus withdrawal: PMEAC New Delhi: The "most appropriate" timing for a gradual rollback of the fiscal stimulus package would be the next financial year, Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council C Rangarajan said on Wednesday.

"It will be a calibrated one and I think the process can be started next year," Rangarajan told reporters on the sidelines of the Skoch Summit--a meeting of financial leaders-- here.

He said, however, the roll-back of tax incentives would also depend on the way the economy evolves.

Rangarajan said with expectations of a normal monsoon, the economy is likely to grow by 7-8 percent in the next fiscal.

The GDP grew by 6.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009-10 and the year may end with 6.5 percent.

On monetary policy, he said if inflationary pressure builds up, the RBI may begin tightening rates even earlier.

"If the inflationary pressure develops, then authorities (RBI) may take action even earlier... RBI will have to wait and see how price situation evolves during the period of November-December," former RBI governor said.

Inflation, which was at 0.1 percent for the week ended October 24, is expected to rise to around 5 percent by March next year while food inflation is already hovering around 15 percent, burning a hole in the pocket of the common man.

Bureau Report