The News Scroll 12 September 2019  Last Updated at 6:12 pm | Source: PTI


Current economic situation challenging: Union Minister Sadananda Gowda Bengaluru, Sep 12 (PTI) Union Minister D V SadanadaGowda Gowda on Thursday said the current economic situation in the country was "challenging", but expressed the hope that the measures taken by the union government to address it would see India quickly progress ahead ''in a very short time.'' "In 2008-09 also we had seen global slowdown, butduring the time of economic slowdown, the measures taken bythe administrative machinery is important as it plays a crucial role. I agree that our GDP, that was 8.2 per cent, has now come downto five per cent. This is certainly a challenge for the administration," Gowda said. Pointing out that the union government has taken a slew ofmeasures to address the situation like for the automobile sector,infusion of funds to banks and addressing of liquidity issuesconcerning MSMEs, he said these were toaddress the "notion of financial instability". "Because of several such reform measures, in a veryshort time we will progress ahead," he said, noting that inthe past too India had faced even more challenging times, butthe country has "come back". Gowda was addressing a press conference here to showcase the hundred days'' achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA 2 government. The more the employment is generated, the further push it would give to the financial sector, the Minister said and pointed out that the government was also giving an impetus to self-employment through schemes like Mudra loan. To a question on the delay in release of central funds for Karnataka that was hit byincessant rains and floods, Gowda, who hails from the state, said it would be released at the earliest, but did notspecify any time-frame. SDRF funds to be released in December hasalready been released, he said, as he clarified that theCentre has not released any flood relief funds to any affected state so far. "All major work for restoration and rehabilitationwill only start once the rain stops.For immediate rescue and relief work, the state is using available funds," hesaid, as he expressed confidence that central funds would alsobe released at the earliest. As many as 103 taluks in 22 districts were affected by the recent floods in many parts of Karnataka and the government has sought Rs 38,000 crore as relief from the Centre. Rejecting the charges of the opposition anda section of the public that union Ministers and MPsfrom Karnataka "lack courage" to question the Prime Ministeron the "delay" in granting central relief,Gowda said "it is far from the truth."

He pointed out that during every cabinet meeting on Wednesdays, Ministerscan raise issues concerning their states with the Prime Minister directly. "Last week also I had sharedwith him the information I had gathered from Karnatakaon the situation in the affected areas." BJP governments at both the centre and the state have beenfacing flak from the opposition Congress and JDS on the "delay" in grant of central funds, despite Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaramanvisiting the affected regions. The Opposition parties have accused the Modi government ofshowing its "apathy" towards Karnataka, despite the state sending 25 BJP MPs. To a question on criticism of the steep fineamounts under the amended MV Act, Gowda said the intentionbehind the act was to control accidents and protect lives, butstates can change it as they are the implementing authority. He referred to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari''s recent statement on the matter that accidents have drastically reduced after implementation ofthe act and new fines. Gowda, the Minister for Chemicals and Fertiliserssaid his ministry has no plans to set up any new fertiliserplant. The government was reviving four fertiliser plantsat Ramagundam, Sindri, Barauni and Gorakhpur at a cost of Rs 15,000 crore and once operational, "we will able tofulfill the 22 per cent that we are importing right now," he said. Noting that many private players have evincedinterest in setting up fetrtilizer plants, he said the Karnataka state Marketing Federation has come forward to invest Rs 6,000 crore for a plant in Devangere and they were also in talks with a private player. PTI KSU RS APR APR APR

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
Next Story : Kohli''s appreciation tweet triggers speculation on Dhoni in social media
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store