Published On: Mon, Aug 24th, 2015

Indirect tax conference: Jaitley says fiscal deficit, inflation under control;eco in revival mode

New Delhi: Enthused by increase in indirect tax collections, Finance Minster Arun Jaitley today said that the economy is in a revival phase and hinted that it will clock a growth rate in excess of 8 per cent in 2015-16.

 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivering the keynote address at the inauguration of the two day Annual Conference of the Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), in New Delhi on August 24, 2015.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivering the keynote address at the inauguration of the two day Annual Conference of the Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), in New Delhi on August 24, 2015.

“Our fiscal deficit figures are under control. Inflation is very much under control. We stand by the growth projections which we made at the beginning of the year and indirect taxation data actually supplements the idea of those projections,” he said while addressing a conference of Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax.

The Economic Survey presented by Jaitley in February had projected a growth rate of 8.1 to 8.5 per cent for the current financial year.

Observing that the indirect tax collections improved by 14.6 per cent in April-July after discounting for the fresh revenue initiatives, the Minister said that the Indian economy is in a revival phase though challenges exist as far as global developments are concerned.

The total indirect tax collections during the first four months of the fiscal rose by 37 per cent.

On the global front, Jaitley said developments like the possibility of US Federal Reserve cutting rates, crisis in Europe and devaluation of the Chinese currency will have implications on India.

The Minister also attributed today’s stock market crash to external factors, stressing that “there is not a single domestic factor in India which has either contributed to it or added to it.”

The stock markets witnessed a blood-bath with BSE Sensex plunging by over 1,700 points and the NSE Nifty slipping over 500 points in pre-close trade.

The government and the RBI are closely watching the situation, Jaitley said, adding “our response at this stage is very clear. We have to strengthen our own economy. We have embarked upon a path for one year and and a quarter that even in the midst of global slowdown India should emerge as one of the fastest growing economy in the world.

PTI

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