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Apr 20, 2012, 08.21 PM IST
Montek Singh Ahluwalia told CNBC-TV18 that he supported FDI in multi-brand retail and added that he was in favour of FDI in aviation
Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia spoke to CNBC-TV18 on the much-contested issue of FDI in multi-brand retail and reiterated his support. He cautioned against expecting any miracles.
He also added that growth was not dependent solely on legislative reforms and there was no need to push policy moves in the legislative pipeline.
“I don’t believe that unless we have all these legislative reforms passed, we can’t grow. The fact is that India grew for five years at 9% per year without any of these new legislations. It’s therefore possible to tap the innate dynamism of the economy if we get rid of the some of the impediments to growth,” Montek explained.
Below is an edited transcript of the interview on CNBC-TV18. Also watch the accompanying video.
Q: What about executive decisions? Many of these pending proposals will require just a Cabinet nod. So how is that taken care off?
A: There are many things that do not require legislative change. That’s what we should be focusing on right now.
Q: After FDI in retail, will there be FDI in aviation?
A: While I am in favour of FDI in retail and I am also in favour of FDI in aviation. I don’t think if you allow FDI in retail today, that’s going to affect the growth rate in this year.
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