Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu will hold a meeting with industry bodies on September 26 to discuss issues pertaining to industrial growth and the interventions required to resolve them, a government official said.
Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, financial advisers of all major government departments, officials of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Department of Textiles, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and representatives of FICCI, CII and ASSOCHAM will be part of the meeting, the official added.
“The minister wants to reach out to the industry to know their concerns. Addressing the issues in a time-bound manner would be beneficial for promoting industrial growth, which has been witnessing a slowdown,” the official said.
Industrial growth, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), has grown by a meagre 1.2 per cent in July, compared to 4.5 per cent growth in the same period a year ago. During April-July, IIP grew by 1.7 per cent, down from 6.5 per cent in the same period last year.
The lower-than-expected GDP growth followed large-scale destocking undertaken by manufacturers ahead of the goods and services tax rollout and the lingering impact of demonetisation. The GDP had recorded a growth of 7.9 per cent in April-June quarter last year.
The manufacturing sector has been the worst hit, with a GVA growth rate of 1.2 per cent in April-June as compared to a growth of 10.7 per cent in the same quarter last year.
Over the last week, the government has been discussing strategies to support economic growth. Prabhu has also been part of deliberations held by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar to discuss the economic situation.
On Wednesday, Prabhu had said that he is closely working with the finance ministry and Niti Aayog for resolving exporters’ issues to boost shipments and generate jobs. Prabhu said that ensuring growth of exports is the priority of the commerce ministry.
Source: Indian Express