Indian economy facing challenges, says Sitharaman


She was speaking at the launch of a book on global finance

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday unveiled a book on global finance and said it suggests solutions for challenges that the world and Indian economy is currently facing.

Launching the book titled The Rise of Finance: Causes, Consequences and Cure, Ms. Sitharaman said it will help “understand the current economic situation facing both the world and Indian economy”.

The book is co-authored by the Dean of IFMR Graduate School of Business V. Anantha Nageswaran and senior managing director at Global Innovation Fund Gulzar Natarajan.

‘Challenging time’

“… this will be a book that is very relevant to those of us sitting on the policy-making table. Secondly, its relevance and the timing of the launch of the book in India. We are currently facing a challenging time,” Ms. Sitharaman said.

The Finance Minister said the book has come at a time when questions are being asked about the nature of the slowdown, which is affecting the global economy and bogging it down.

“I really commend the prescriptive and descriptive narrative that supports the topic of financialisation and the solutions that have been prescribed for situations that the world and Indian economy is currently facing,” Ms. Sitharaman said.

India’s economic growth slumped to an over six-year low of 5 per cent in the first quarter ended June this fiscal due to slower consumer demand and private investment amid deteriorating global environment.

This has prompted many global agencies to cut India’s GDP growth by various degrees for 2019-20.

The RBI, in October monetary policy review, had cut sharply its economic growth projection for the country for this fiscal to 6.1 per cent from 6.9 per cent earlier, expressing hope it will recover in the second half of 2019-20.

The government has recently announced a slew of measures, including cut in corporate tax rate, capital infusion into public sector banks, setting up a Rs 25,000 crore fund to boost realty sector, among others, to boost the economy.


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