"To reach one trillion (USD) GDP mark, it took India 20 years, but it added the next trillion in just seven years. With investors having tremendous respect for the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian economy can double its size in the next three-to-three-and-a-half years," he asserted.

Prabhu was optimistic about India's long-term growth to the tune of a USD 20 trillion economy in the next 20 years. An International Monetary Fund study in 2014 had said that India's GDP would cross USD 3 trillion after five years in 2019.

The minister said that what with the inflation staying down and a conducive environment being created, the economy was looking up and foreign direct investments were increasing. There is a tremendous respect among investors for the efforts of the prime minister (and they) are eager to invest in India," Prabhu added.

Addressing a regional meet of Chartered Accountants, he cited that, despite alternative views in a democracy, "we should pursue growth to eradicate poverty". "In a democracy, alternatives should be discussed but, at the end, a final decision has to be arrived at," he said.


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