Ahead of the maiden budget of his second term in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday brainstormed with top bureaucrats of finance and other ministries for ideas to reverse a slagging economy and create jobs.
Sources said the meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence had in attendance all five secretaries in the finance ministry as well as Niti Aayog officials.
Modi is likely to have discussed the reforms road map for every department with a view to making it easier to do business in the country and boost economy.
The agenda for increasing revenue mop-up and taking reform steps to push GDP growth, which has slipped to 5-year low of 6.8 per cent in 2018-19, may have also figured in the meeting, they said.
Data showed that even though inflation continued to be within the RBI’s comfort range, economic growth in January-March quarter slumped to a 5-year low of 5.8 per cent, pushing India behind China, due to poor showing by agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
With 2019-20 budget scheduled to be presented on July 5, Modi has started holding deliberations with top most bureaucrats for ideas, which could form part of the Budget. (PTI)