New Delhi: Heads of the leading business chambers--FICCI and Assocham on Monday said the industry has "equal responsibility" along with the government to pull the economy out of slowdown without always "cribbing about policy paralysis." (Agencies)
Asked to comment on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing disappointment over the negative comments from industry about the government, FICCI president Harsh Mariwala said, "We need to take equal responsibility...we need to work together in 2012. We cannot go on blaming each other."
Assocham President Dilip Modi struck a similar reconciliatory chord. "He (Prime Minister) has his own compulsions...". Modi said that instead of "flagging the issue and cribbing about," the industry should tweak and explore the business possibilities which are still existing.
In the meeting of the PM's Council of Trade and Industry on December 22, Singh had expressed disappointment over some of the recent statements from corporate honchos about policy paralysis in the government.
"...I must confess that it is a little disappointing to sometimes hear negative comments emanating from our business leadership or be told that government's policies are causing slowdown and pessimism. In the industrial sector, such comments have added to uncertainty...," Singh had said.
Mariwala said the opposition must also work in alliance with the government to push through the reforms in the coming year. "Industry, government and opposition have to be in alliance," he said.
A number of reforms like opening the pension sector to foreign investment, hiking FDI cap in insurance from 26 percent to 49 percent and introduction of Goods and Services Tax have been delayed for lack of political consensus not only between government and opposition but also among UPA allies. India's economic growth rate slipped to a nine-quarter low of 6.9 percent in the July-September quarter of this fiscal. It was 8.4 percent in the corresponding period last year.
The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) growth turned negative by 5.1 percent in October.
A group of industry leaders, including Wipro head Azim Premji and HDFC chief Deepak Parekh have been airing concerns over industrial slowdown and delays in policy reforms.
When asked about possibilities of reforms in new year, Assocham President said that ethical business standards and corruption-free India is the need of the hour.
"There has been more of bad than good news this year. Let's not be negative. The political system should understand there is a great opportunity and we should not miss it. Reforms will lead to more desirable actions. We should focus on what we can do to drive growth," Modi said.
Mariwala said that reforms would depend upon three factors--global scenario, inflation and performance of the agricultural sector.
New Delhi: Heads of the leading business chambers--FICCI and Assocham on Monday said the industry has "equal responsibility" along with the government to pull the economy out of slowdown without always "cribbing about policy paralysis."