F M says only higher growth will enable wage hike

VBK-ARUN_JAITLEY_2_2673371fNEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday that India needed to grow by an additional 1-1.5 per cent for the government to bear the burden of wage increase and welfare benefits.
He was speaking at a felicitation function organised by the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh here. “Our country is growing at a good pace of 7.5 per cent at a time when the global economy is experiencing a slowdown, which is appreciable in itself; but we need to increase our growth by another 1-1.5 per cent,” he said. This would be possible when the government and the private sector worked to their potential.
“We need to increase our economic activities as this will result in a rise in revenues, which then can help to reduce additional financial burdens,” he said. In the coming year, he said, the Centre would have to bear a burden of Rs. 1.02 lakh crore on account of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, besides the burden from the one rank one pension for veterans.

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