Budget 2020: RBI Governor Das underlines need for more structural reforms

Budget 2020: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday called for structural reforms and more fiscal measures to revive consumption demand and the overall growth.

PTI | Jan 29, 2020, 02:01 PM IST

Budget 2020: With just a week left for the budget (#BUDGET2020ZEE), Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday called for structural reforms and more fiscal measures to revive consumption demand and the overall growth, saying the monetary policy has its own limitations to achieve these objectives. The Narendra Modi government in its second term will present the first full budget next Saturday, at a time when the advance estimate of GDP has projected nominal growth plunging to a 48-year-low of 7.5 per cent and real growth hitting an 11-year low of 5 per cent or thereabout.

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Focus on structural reforms

Focus on structural reforms

"Monetary policy has its own limits. Structural reforms and fiscal measures may have to be continued and further activated to provide a durable push to demand and boost growth," Das told the students of St Stephen's College, Delhi, his alma mater. The statement has to be seen in the context of growth hitting a six-year low of 4.5 percent in the September quarter. Photo: Reuters

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RBIs priority sectors in Budget 2020

RBIs priority sectors in Budget 2020

Das also listed out some of the priority areas where structural reforms are necessary and if carried out in earnest can act as potential growth drivers and through backward and forward linkages can give a significant push to growth. He called for prioritising food processing industries, tourism, e-commerce and startups and also making the domestic economy a part of the global value chain. Photo: PTI

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States' role in enhancing CAPEX

States' role in enhancing CAPEX

Das urged the states to play an important role by enhancing capex which has high multiplier effect, and can boost the Centre's focus on infrastructure spending. Admitting that correctly assessing the current economic situation and thus formulating the necessary monetary policy is a challenge now, he said this is why monetary policy around the world is in a state of flux today. Photo: Reuters

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Major challenge for RBI

Major challenge for RBI

"One of the major challenges for central banks is the assessment of the current economic situation. The precise estimation of key parameters such as potential output and output gaps on a real-time basis is a challenging task, although they are crucial for the conduct of monetary policy. Photo: Reuters
 

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Global slowdown spoiling India

Global slowdown spoiling India

"The shifting trend growth in several economies, global spillover effects and disconnect between the financial cycles and business cycles in the face of supply shocks broadly explain why monetary policy around the world is in a state of flux," Das said in the speech entitled the 'Seven ages of India's monetary policy'. Photo: Reuters

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Available countermeasures for RBI

Available countermeasures for RBI

Das said a view must be taken on the true nature of the slack in demand and supply-side shocks to inflation for the timely use of countercyclical policies. As a counter to this flux, he said the Reserve Bank constantly updates its assessment of the economy based on incoming data and survey-based forward-looking information juxtaposed with model-based estimates for policy formulation. Photo: Reuters