India will pursue economic reforms agenda: Modi

March 12, 2016 11:27 am | Updated November 17, 2021 02:03 am IST - New Delhi

New Delhi:  Prime Minister, Narendra Modi shakes hand with  Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF),  Christine Lagarde during the  MOF-IMF Conference on Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future, in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (PTI3_12_2016_000004A)

New Delhi: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi shakes hand with Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde during the MOF-IMF Conference on Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future, in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan (PTI3_12_2016_000004A)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday vowed to continue the ‘reform-to-transform’ process and pursue policies that will enhance growth.

India’s rapid economic growth that is now the fastest among big economies in the world is very distinct in Asia, he said.

“We have never tried to gain in trade at the expense of our partners. We do not follow ‘beggar thy neighbour’ macroeconomic policies. We have never undervalued our exchange rate,” he said, addressing a conference on Advancing Asia, co-hosted by India and the IMF.

Mr. Modi said India is a “haven of macroeconomic stability and a beacon of hope, dynamism and opportunity” amid global problems and has dispelled the myth that democracy and rapid economic growth cannot go together.

“India has also shown that a large, diverse country can be managed in a way that can promote economic growth and maintain social stability,” he said.

He said there has been a reduction in inflation, steady fiscal consolidation, a comfortable balance of payments position and build-up of foreign exchange reserves.

“All of us need to pursue policies that provide a stable macroeconomy, enhance growth and further inclusion,” he said.

“We do not intend to rest on these achievements because my agenda of ‘reform—to—transform’ still needs to be finished,” he said.

Mr. Modi said the Budget 2016-17 provided a roadmap for future plans and ambitions.

“Our underlying philosophy is clear: To create the climate for wealth generation and for that wealth to be spread to all Indians, especially the poor, vulnerable, farmers, and disadvantaged communities,” he said.

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