The Planning Commission, on Monday, made a case for lowering of interest rates to attract investments and reverse the declining trend of economic growth.
“...lowering interest rates and reduction in fiscal deficit is important for the stabilising and growth of the economy,” Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said, while delivering the 15th JRD Tata Memorial Lecture.
The Reserve Bank is slated to announce its monetary policy review on January 29, amid industry demand for lowering of interest rates to spur growth.
He said investments in infrastructure had to be financed through increase in domestic savings, as reducing the fiscal deficit was important for long term sustainability.
“...investment in infrastructure is quite critical as it is a major constraint to India’s ability to attract both domestic and foreign investments and make it more productive,” Mr Ahluwalia added. He said: “Investment inflows have significantly declined by about three percentage points since 2007-08 in the aftermath of the global economic crisis.
“We need to reverse this trend to achieve high economic growth and for this we need fixed investment of 35 per cent by the end of the (current) plan period, from the level of 34 per cent in 2007-08.