New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the central government’s decision to invest Rs 100 lakh crore towards modern infrastructure. The decision was taken as the investment will help to double the size of the Indian economy to USD 5 trillion within the next five years, noted the prime minister. Also Read - FACT CHECK: Has Modi Govt Announced Nationwide Lockdown Till April 30? Know Truth Behind Viral Message
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi said that reforms will be implemented to help India enter the top 50 countries on the ‘ease of doing business’ ranking. Also Read - CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021: PM Modi Likely To Announce Nationwide Guidelines For Board Exams Today
“To some the target of nearly doubling the size of Indian economy to USD 5 trillion in five years may seem difficult. But when we have in five years (of BJP rule) added USD 1 trillion as compared to USD 2 trillion size achieved in 70 years of independence, then this target is achievable,” said PM Modi. Also Read - PM Modi Meets Ramesh Pokhriyal Amid Demands To Cancel CBSE Board Exam, Decision Expected Soon
Modi said political stability through a massive mandate for his government alongside predictable policy provides a unique opportunity for India to grow. “The country shouldn’t lose this opportunity,” he said adding that his government has provided high growth while keeping inflation at low rate.
He referred to reforms such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) for aiding the growth process and said the government will invest Rs 100 lakh crore in building modern ports, highways, railways, airports, hospitals and educational institutions.
The prime minister said the era of policy paralysis has ended and his government was giving policy-based governance that has helped catapult the country from 142nd place among 190 nations on the World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking in 2014 to 77th position this year.
Reforms will continue and procedures would be further eased to make it easier for companies to do business in the country, he said adding that efforts are on to increase the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion.
“The target is to break into top 50 nations,” he said.
India was ranked 142nd among 190 nations when the Narendra Modi’s government took office in 2014. Four years of reform pushed up India’s rank to 100th in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ 2018 report. It was 130th in 2017 when India was ranked lower than Iran and Uganda.
In its annual ‘Doing Business’ 2019 report, India secured 77th position. New Zealand tops the list, followed by Singapore, Denmark and Hong Kong. The United States is placed at 8th and China ranked 46th. Neighbouring Pakistan is placed at 136.
India has improved its ranking by 53 positions in the last two years and 65 places in four years since 2014.
The World Bank ranks 190 countries based on 10 parameters, including starting a business, construction permits, getting electricity, getting credit, paying taxes, trade across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency.
(With inputs from PTI)