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Structural reforms needed to spur growth: Report

Structural reforms needed to spur growth: Report
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Amid subdued consumption demand and concerns of an economic slowdown, a report by Kotak Institutional Equities has said that structural reforms would be major step for achieving higher GDP growth.

Mumbai: Amid subdued consumption demand and concerns of an economic slowdown, a report by Kotak Institutional Equities has said that structural reforms would be major step for achieving higher GDP growth.

The report also said that the government's role in the economy should be decreased to achieve economic growth.

"Investment-related reforms in manufacturing (sector) covering the various factors of production will be key for low-cost labour-intensive manufacturing and investment-related reforms in infrastructure covering areas of ownership of infrastructure assets and pricing of services will be important for greater role of private sector investment and more sustainable investment models," it said.

"There is over-reliance on government entities for investment in infrastructure, which results in lower-than-optimal investment rates given the government's fiscal constraints."

The report observed that the current slowdown in the Indian economy does not seem to have many parallels in the past as economic growth has generally rebounded sharply after periods of macro-economic challenges.

"Also, the government had had more ammunition to deal with slow-downs while the current situation is complicated by (1) limited capability to do a broad-based fiscal stimulus and (2) low impact of the RBI's monetary stimulus on interest rates. It may be time to consider structural reforms," it said

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