Chidambaram promises more steps to boost investor sentiment - The New Indian Express

Chidambaram promises more steps to boost investor sentiment

Published: 22nd September 2012 08:46 PM

Last Updated: 22nd September 2012 08:46 PM

The government will take more steps to push reforms, boost investor sentiment and provide stable tax laws, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday, while expressing satisfaction over the positive response of stock markets to the recent policy initiatives.

"We are committed to undertaking a range of actions, small and large, that ensures that we are able to support our economic growth with a stable environment," he said at a conference, 'Economic Growth and Changes of Corporate Environment in Asia'.

The assertion came a day after the Finance Ministry cut withholding tax on overseas borrowings to 5 per cent from 20 per cent and approved the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme to attract first time investors to stock markets.

Stock markets cheered the announcement, with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex closing 404 points higher at 18,752.83 on Friday.

"I am happy to note that the recent decisions taken by government have been widely welcomed, especially by markets and by important stake-holders in the market," he said.

Underlining the need for clarity in tax laws, Chidambaram said lack of clarity in laws can create a great degree of instability in the environment which is not good for economic growth.

"And one of the most important contributor to stable environment is clarity in law, especially tax laws, fairness in tax administration, and non-adversarial approach to tax administration and collection of taxes and above all a fair and quick dispute resolution mechanism...," he said.

The Minister asked the lawyers community to "strongly endorse the steps the government has taken to provide an environment of stability that will help corporates make their contribution to economic growth".

"I would most respectfully urge lawyers, judges, academics, we must all work towards clarity in tax laws.

Chidambaram said the Companies Bill introduced recently in Parliament seeks to address the issue of good corporate governance, investor protection and corporate social responsibility.

He said good economic and financial practices, transparency and accountability in corporate dealings are a pre-requisite for a vibrant corporate culture.

Equally important, Chidambaram said, are the issues related to corporate social responsibility that provide opportunity for the corporate sector to contribute to economic growth on a wider scale.

"We as the government in India are committed to providing an environment where corporates among other players are able to contribute to economic growth," Chidambaram added.

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