By Andy Mukherjee
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget announcements were on expected lines and should satisfy the investment community, which was keen to see reforms that will kickstart India’s economy. Although the budget was slightly skewed towards the rural economy, we also saw important announcements for urban India aimed at stimulating growth and investment.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has the tough task of balancing the need to boost spending and maintaining fiscal discipline when he presents the annual budget on Feb. 28. Former Infosys CFO V. Balakrishnan says the government’s main priority should be to revive the economy by loosening up its purse strings and the country could live with a “slightly higher fiscal deficit.”
The upcoming budget is expected to give a boost to the government’s “Make in India” campaign, the centrepiece of PM Narendra Modi’s plan to create jobs and rejuvenate the economy. But Rajeev Karwal, founder of technology and consulting firm Milagrow, says the “ecosystem” to transform India into a manufacturing hub does not exist because of an absence of government support and incentives.
The countdown has begun for the biggest business and economic event of the year - the release of India’s annual budget on February 28. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is under pressure to unveil reforms that will put the country’s economy on a path of 7-8 percent growth over the next two years.
Borrowing in dollars is like playing "Russian roulette", India's central bank chief Raghuran Rajan said on Bloomberg TV this week.
Nissan Motor Co Ltd hopes to boost its low-cost Datsun car brand in India with a new compact multi-purpose vehicle, or MPV, but the Japanese automaker might need to make inroads into smaller cities and the countryside if it wants to revive sales.