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Budget 2018: Note ban, GST raise hopes of radical steps by FM Arun Jaitley

In the Union Budget 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley could reinforce his Modi govt's thrust on skill enhancement to aid job creation to help India effectively leverage its demographic dividend

Sanjay Modi 

Run-up to Budget 2018-19

The upcoming 2018, which will present on February 1, is expected to be more significant than other recent ones, especially as it is coming after a year full of radical reforms by the Narendra Modi government such as demonetization of high-value currency notes, implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) and a new regime.

The year 2017 ended on a high with growth in the July-September quarter standing at 6.3%, indicating the significant impact of the two structural reforms — GST and demonetisation — is now behind us and, hopefully we could expect an upward growth in 2018.

I am hopeful that this year, too, there will be a thrust on skill enhancement to aid job creation. This would us leverage our demographic dividend more effectively.

Technological disruptions in the form of artificial intelligence and machine learning are a reality now, and they have been shaping the narrative of India’s recent economic growth and So, if we truly need to change the game, there needs to be a singular focus on rolling out initiatives to boost the adoption of technology for education and skilling, and infusing a new breath of life into our vocational education courses to meet the aspirations of new India through public-private partnerships.

There are hopes from the central government to further the revival of the Through initiatives like the ‘Make in India’ programme, it has not only boosted the confidence of local businesses, but also increased the room to facilitate more exports from the country. This will, in turn, also support creation of jobs in the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, strengthening the backbone of our

The author is the managing director of for Asia-Pacific and West Asian regions

First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 16:39 IST