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Economic Survey: 'Counter-cyclical fiscal policy' to boost demand justified

The Survey places primary blame for the slowdown on global factors, saying 'the deceleration of India's GDP growth since 2017 has tracked the decline in world output'

CEA K Subramanian
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hief Economic Advisor KV Subramanian speaks at a media interaction at National Media Center. PTI

Mihir S Sharma New Delhi
The Economic Survey for 2019-20, presented to Parliament on Friday, laid out an agenda for wealth creation in India and sought to ground pro-wealth and pro-business economic policies in India’s economic experience and philosophical traditions. In the Survey’s preface, Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian revealed the Survey’s motivation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day 2019, which highlighted the contributions of wealth creators and that “only when wealth is created will wealth be distributed”. Subramanian argues that liberalisation is a return to India’s “roots” as a market economy, and thus advocates various wealth-boosting reforms in the Survey. 

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First Published: Jan 31 2020 | 11:04 PM IST

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