Union finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the government has begun an exercise to assess the impact of the pandemic on the economy and likely contraction in GDP, even as she did not rule out the possibility of another stimulus to boost growth.
“I have not closed the option for another stimulus … Every time we have announced one, it has been after a lot of consideration… I have not closed the option to come up with one more stimulus,” she said at the launch of a book — Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside – by the 15th Finance Commission chairman N K Singh.
To a question on whether the finance ministry would come out with an assessment of economic contraction, Sitharaman said the ministry has started doing some assessment since the beginning of October and would soon come with a projection.
“We have only now started doing some kind of an assessment. “We waited for the commencement of the second half, which has just started.
“And we have got a lot of inputs which are very different from what we had in July. And ideally, it should be so.
“Perhaps yes sometime we will have to come out with a statement. “Whether I do it in public or do it in Parliament is one thing, but the finance ministry will have to make an assessment of what it is going to be,” she said.