Important for India to focus on green investment post-pandemic: IMF


As the Indian economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic that hit it hard, it is important for the country to focus on public investment, particularly in green sectors, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.

As we move towards the recovery, it is also important to focus on public investment, particularly on green investment, so that the recovery can be inclusive and green, IMFs Fiscal Affairs Department Deputy Director Paolo Mauro told reporters during a news conference here.

He said Indias debt is at the ratio of about 90 per cent, and it is important to give a signal that there is a mediumterm fiscal framework in place that ensures investors that the debt ratio will decline in the medium term.

Responding to a question, Mauro said the situation is improving when it comes to the epidemic.


It is very different from a few months ago, he said, adding, fortunately, the number of cases is declining and the vaccination is becoming more widespread.

On the economic front, therefore, even though the situation is improving, the priority remains to address the health emergency. It remains to provide ample support, particularly to the poorer segments of the population through social protection, employment benefits, and so on, Mauro said.

In terms of more recent reforms, one that I would like to highlight is the National Asset Reconstruction Company, the socalled bad bank. This is potentially very promising because it is important to tackle nonperforming loans, he said.

This has been a longstanding drag on credit, and potentially this is very promising, he added.

It is very important that both the governance and the independence of such socalled bad banks be in place so that the costs to public finances can be kept under control and one can go back to promoting inclusive growth, Mauro said.

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