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PM meets economists at NITI Aayog session

Rajiv Kumar

Rajiv Kumar  

Session on road ahead for economy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday brainstormed with economists and experts on the state of the economy as the government looks to revive growth which is set to hit a four-year low.

Fifth budget

The meeting with over 40 economists and sectoral experts came weeks before the NDA government presents its fifth and final full budget that would look to address pain points and boost growth to 7-8%.

The interactive session, organised by the NITI Aayog, was on the theme “Economic policy — the road ahead”.

It had participants express their views on macro-economy, agriculture, rural development, employment, health, education, manufacturing, exports, urban development, infrastructure and connectivity.

“In his intervention, the Prime Minister thanked various participants for their suggestions and observations, on various aspects of the economy. In particular, he appreciated the quality of suggestions that had come from various subject experts,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

It did not provide details about the deliberations.

The meeting was attended by several Union Ministers, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar and senior officers from the Centre and the NITI Aayog were also present.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has projected India’s growth to slow to a four-year low of 6.5 per cent in the current fiscal against the backdrop of the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

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