"Best response to poverty eradication is high growth rate. Sluggish economy cannot eradicate poverty. They can only distribute poverty," he said, while addressing convocation of Management Development Institute (MDI) on the outskirts of national capital.
    
The Minister also underlined the need for relaxing norms for entry of multinational corporations to promote growth which he said is essential for creating jobs and raising the resources of the government.
    
"We have to make entry point into India easier for large global corporations to grow, for large Indian corporations to become global. We have to ease the process of doing business," the Minister said.
    
He stressed on "ease of doing business, the stability of policy, the maturity of political decision makers, the maturity of political process in reaching the correct decision rather than creating hurdles, from our infrastructure to taxation. We have to become globally competitive".
    
The economy is likely to grow at 7.4 per cent in the current financial year and is expected to accelerate to 8-8.5 per cent in the next financial year beginning April 1.
    
Jaitley, in his budget speech, announced a host of steps to boost growth and improve ease of doing business. The NDA government had earlier relaxed foreign investment norms in various sectors including insurance and defence.
    
Parliament recently passed the Insurance Bill raising the foreign investment limit in the sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent.

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