Indian economy more stable; deficits will come down: P Chidambaram

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New Delhi, Mar 31: Finance Minister P Chidambaram Monday said the Indian economy is more stable than it was 20 months back and the government is hopeful of meeting major macro-economic targets, including fiscal and current account deficits.

“The economy today is far more stable and far stronger than it was 20 months ago,” Chidambaram said at a media conference here.

“Nobody is talking about downgrades today,” he stressed.

He said the country’s current account deficit is estimated to come down to USD 35 billion in the 2013-14 financial year from a record high of  USD 88 billion in the previous year. On fiscal deficit, he said it would be around 4.6 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), as outlined by him in the union budget for 2013-14.

Chidambaram said the government has also succeeded in controlling inflation and creating more jobs. The finance minister claimed that unemployment rate has come down during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Allaince government.

On the surge in the stock markets, Chidambaram said it is because of the UPA government’s policy and should not be seen as a rally for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) possible victory in the general election.