"Emerging trends indicate the growth deceleration in India has bottomed-out. Significant downward trend in inflation has also been recorded in the second and third quarter of 2014-15," he said at a pre-budget meeting here with social sector representatives.

The external environment has also largely turned in India's favour, Jaitley said, according to a Finance Ministry release.

"Domestic policies to achieve macro-economic balance and the on-going process of economic reforms would lend further strength to the recovery of the economy," he said.

Falling crude oil prices in the international market have come as a breather for the government, he added. Jaitley also said that apart from ongoing schemes and programmes for the marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society, the government has initiated various special social sector programmes.

It has given a thrust to skill development and the 'Make in India' programmes to improve employability and create more job avenues, he added.

The Finance Minister, who will present the budget for 2015-16 next month, received various suggestions from social sector groups, including immediate steps to prevent diversion of funds meant for Dalits and tribals, which will make available about Rs 30,000 crore for their development and proper implementation of the Prevention of Domestic Violence against Women Act.

Other suggestions include implementation of a national competition policy to push growth onto a higher trajectory, and adoption of a public procurement law to curb corruption, the statement said.

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