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Steps taken by Govt since 2014 helped keep economy afloat in difficult times: Sitharaman

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that India’s fundamentals are once again sound because of the many steps taken by the Government since 2014.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that India’s fundamentals are once again sound because of the many steps taken by the Government since 2014.

“Major steps taken by the Government before the COVID-9 pandemic hit us, which include reducing the corporate tax, ensuring that the economy is greatly digitised, bringing in the GST and IBC – all of this heavy lifting prepared us for the unprecedented situation of the Pandemic, she said in her address after launching the Iconic Day celebrations of the Department of Economic Affairs with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) under the
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) here.

Sitharaman emphasised that when the Government looks at a targeted approach of providing assistance and takes the input from the ground and does so quickly, in time, and in an open fashion, the impact is for all to see. In this context, she cited a study on Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) which brought out that the probability of people cutting down consumption utilities has come down by 75% across the country. The study has also shown that the PMGKY reduced the probability of borrowing money by 67% of all respondents.

Citing another study on the Emergency Credit Liquidity Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS), the Finance Minister stated that as of March 2022 loans sanctioned under this scheme have crossed Rs 3.19 lakh crore and the scope of ECLGS has now been extended till 2023. The study says that this handholding has kept many people afloat during the Pandemic.

The third study highlighted by the Finance Minister was on the Ayushman Bharat scheme wherein the implementation of this scheme has been associated with a 21% decline in out-of-pocket health expenditure and an 8% reduction in the tendency to borrow for emergency health purposes.

The Finance Minister underlined that the Department of Economic Affairs has channelised external aid towards every region of the country, with the support of multiple multilateral institutions. India very smartly raised funds and distributed them not only for infrastructure building but also for livelihood prospects in each region.

Sitharaman also appreciated the DEA’s efforts through the IDEAS project that spans so many countries and makes a difference in the livelihood environment, especially for most of Africa and also for the Island countries.