Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Indicates All Is Well With India’s Economy ; Opposition Disagrees

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India is facing no risk of recession or stagflation as macroeconomic fundamentals of the economy are strong, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.

Replying to a debate on price rise in the Lok Sabha, she said the GST collection and Purchasing Managers’ Index are indicating that the Indian economy is getting more robust.

The GST collection rose 28 per cent to touch the second-highest level of Rs 1.49 lakh crore in July. GST, introduced in July 2017, touched a record high of Rs 1.68 lakh crore in April 2022.

This is the sixth time that the monthly GST collection crossed the Rs 1.40-lakh-crore mark since the inception of Goods and Services Tax and the fifth month at a stretch since March 2022, she said.

She also said that the banking sector in the country is also healthy compared to other countries.

Gross NPAs of scheduled commercial banks have reached a six-year low of 5.9 per cent, she said, adding that government debt to GDP ratio has come down to 56.29 per cent in FY22.

Efforts are being made to bring down retail inflation below 7 per cent, the minister said.

Prices of edible oils have corrected sharply following steps taken by the government, she added. Not happy with the reply of the finance minister on the price rise, Congress members walked out of the House.

Reacting to the Finance Minister statement , Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI, Finance Min reply was disappointing. Attitude of govt is there is no inflation in country, people are not suffering. Everything is hunky dory. If that’s your response to concerns of opposition articulating voice of 140 cr people of country, why listen.

Congress leader in Lok Sabha , Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told ANI, The prices are rising, people are facing issues, but they (govt) don’t care. They boast of giving away money to other countries, help them. If you can pay those in another country, why not do it for our own people.

Their farmer policies are wrong, people’s businesses have shut down. Malnutrition has risen, I think most in Gujarat. But they’re blind to it. If they only care about how it was during the previous government’s time, why remove them at all?, asked SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal

They wasted 10 days & 150 cr, to hold the discussion of price rise. Their replies shave been disappointing. They say there is no inflation in the country but after demonetization, covid lockdowns, people are facing great issues, SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal told ANI

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