Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said measures initiated in Budget 2011 would help revive private investments and put the economy back on 9% growth. He said for 2009-10, GDP growth has been "impressive" at 7.2%.
Mukherjee said the measures that would help revive private investments include enhancing allocation to the MSME sector to Rs 2,400 crore, increasing the limit for presumptive taxation, raising the threshold for compulsory auditing of accounts of small businesses, extension of interest subvention for exports in certain sectors and exemption from capital gains tax to facilitate conversion of small businesses to limited liability partnership (LLP) format.
"I am optimistic that the measures I have outlined in this year's Budget will revive private investment and put the economy back on the growth path of 9% per annum," the FM said on the sidelines of Small Industries Development Bank of India's foundation day celebration.
Elaborating on the role of micro finance, FM said it has emerged as a new channel of economic empowerment and attainment of Millennium Development Goals. "The government aims to double credit flow to MSME sector within five years," he said and promised to implement recommendations of a report of the PM's Task Force on MSMEs set up to address various issues and concerns of the sector.
"We expect the economy to grow by 7.2% in 2009-10 which is impressive by global standards," the FM said and added that the growth rate will climb back to 8.25%-8.75% in 2010-11.
"The good news is that the world economy today seems to be recovering from the meltdown crisis of 2008-09," the FM said. The fast-paced recovery of the Indian economy underscores the effectiveness of the policy response of the government in the wake of this financial crisis, he added.