‘Good buzz’ around business ecosystem: Sitharaman


''good buzz'' around busisness ecosystem SitharamanNEW DELHI: Noting that steps were being taken to improve the overall business environment, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said there is “generally good buzz” around the ecosystem after the new government came to power.

Sitharaman, who also holds industry portfoiio, said IIP (Index of Industrial Production) saw a growth of 2.8 per cent during the April-September period of current fiscal, after falling for the past three years.

“There is a positive movement after the decline… Hope the trajectory of growth will keep going,” she told the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour.

Noting that government is taking various steps to improve the ease of doing business and stimulate industrial production, Sitharaman said now, “There is generally good buzz around the ecosystem…”

Before growing 2.8 per cent in latest April-September period, IIP had seen negative growth of 0.1 per cent in 2013-14 period. It fell to 1.1 per cent in 2012-13 period from 2.9 per cent seen in 2011-12 period.

“For the creation of a conducive business environment, the government is constantly simplifying and rationalizing the processes and procedures for boosting investor sentiment, simplifying FDI policy and correcting the inverted duty structure,” she said.

Besides, the government has launched the e-biz mission mode project under the national e-governance plan and also the ‘Make In India’ program.

“The growth of manufacturing sector during the last three fiscal years has declined continuously, eventually recording marginally negative growth in 2013-14 and the growth of capital goods has been negative during the same years.

“However, growth of manufacturing sector and capital goods has registered modest recovery during the first half of the current fiscal year,” Sitharaman said. Admitting that industrial growth numbers were not “happy news for the country”, Sitharaman said the situation is improving.

She said moderation in domestic demand, build up of inflationary pressure in recent past, increase in input costs and slowdown in other economies were among the reasons for decline in industrial growth.

Responding to a query on whether government is looking into the reasons for fall in industrial production, the Minister replied in the negative and said the figures come as “statistical information”.–PTI