More reforms coming in 2-4 months: Chidambaram

Source: Indo-Asian News Service via Indian Economic Business News

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has ruled out the possibility of early elections and said the government will take more reform initiatives in the next two-four months in a bid to boost economic growth and contain deficit and inflationary pressure.“We will continue to take small significant steps. We will also take forward some big ideas. India’s economy will continue to reform,” Mr. Chidambaram said at The Economist’s India Summit organised by the UK-based economic magazine recently. Mr. Chidambaram said the government will push for the passage of major reform regulations, like land and insurance bills, in the ongoing budget session of parliament.The finance minister said the government would need support from the main opposition party to get the bills passed in parliament.“There are many more executive actions that have to be taken, some of these executive actions we will take in the next 2-4months,” Chidambaram said. In the last one year, the government has taken several initiatives to push forward reform process. The steps include cutting subsidies on petroleum products and liberalizing overseas investment norms for retail, aviation and some other sectors. The finance minister said he was hopeful to keep fiscal deficit below 4.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the current financial year.