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Manmohan Singh paints a grim picture for Indian economy; jobless growth turning into job-loss growth

prasad1

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Pointing to domestic challenges like agrarian crisis, declining employment opportunities and prevalence of divisive forces, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday painted a grim picture of the Indian economy and said the jobless growth was fast turning into the "job-loss growth".

Addressing a convocation at the Delhi School of Management, Singh blamed the "slipshod" implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) for damaging the vibrant small and unorganised sector.

The renowned economist said farmers' suicide and frequent agitations reflected the "structural imbalances in our economy" and called for a serious in-depth analysis and political will to address them.

"Knee-jerk reactions and off the cuff announcements of grandiose schemes and unproductive projects have failed to lift the economy to its potential," he said.

The former Prime Minister advocated well thought out policies and implementation strategies to stimulate industrial and commercial sectors.

Observing that macroeconomic stability and fiscal consolidation were the prerequisites for any semblance of inclusive growth, he stressed the need to incentivise and involve corporates and other business enterprises and institutions in discharging their social responsibility of building India.

"Needless to stress, it is a testing time for our democratic spirit, our patience and tolerance, our capacity of managing contradictions, our resolve of ensuring inclusive growth -- a strong, equitable and sustainable growth," Singh said.

 

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