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India set to be $5-trn economy by 2025: Puri

Will reach $10-trn mark by 2030, says union minister

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, speaking at a virtual conference of PAFI India on Thursday exuded confidence that India will become a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25 and $10 trillion by 2030.

On Bharat Petroleum Corporation divestment, he said: "All feedback is proceeding well". The petroleum and urban development minister also hailed the recent Air India divestment.There are reports that after the Air India deal, the government intends to close the disinvestment of BPCL this fiscal only.About the vaccination drives in the country, he said, "We are celebrating one billion doses of vaccines administered today."

On economic growth momentum, he said the petrol consumption is 16 per cent higher than pre-Covid levels, while diesel consumption is 10-12 per cent higher. "Even the stock market has registered a growth of 250 per cent since March 2020," he added.

Puri mentioned that the pandemic has led to a different set of growth drivers; revival of health sector, exports, global manufacturing risk index, increased economic activity, achieving renewable energy target and initiative like Gati Shakti, Foreign exchange reserve.

On high energy and oil prices, Puri said the supply curve has been kept below the demand curve, which leads to high prices. "High price of energy undermines global economic recovery. The ideal is to release increased production in the market and that will be in the interest of the producing country also. For India, Centre and state in the spirit of cooperative federalism need to pool their resources to keep prices in check," he said.

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