India Goal of Becoming a USD 5 Trillion Economy

New Delhi: India is advancing towards its goal of becoming a USD 5 trillion economy and the massive surge in its tax collections is a testimony to its growth journey despite the pandemic setback, the government on Thursday said.

Tax revenues last fiscal grew by a record 34 percent to Rs 27.07 lakh crore, prompting the finance ministry to term these numbers “a remarkable testimony to the rapid recovery” of the economy following successive waves of COVID-19.

Global Economic

“The central government’s focus on making India a global economic powerhouse and the host of measures adopted towards this commitment has directly reflected in India’s GDP growth in recent years. This has translated into increased revenue collection for the exchequer while keeping India well on the track towards achieving a USD 5 trillion economy…,” the ministry said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a goal for his government to help India become a USD 5 trillion economy and a global economic powerhouse, with all his economic policies being framed in that direction. India‘s GDP is estimated to be around USD 3 trillion in 2021-22.

The ministry said apart from a brief setback owing to COVID-19, the government has maintained the nominal GDP growth above 10 percent in recent years. GST, a simplified way of collecting indirect taxes, has been a revolutionary step propelling India’s GDP.

Union Budget

“With a big push to capex in the Union Budget of 2022-23, the coming years are going to see a surge in domestic manufacturing as well as growth in employment. These in turn will directly boost tax contribution to the exchequer,” the ministry said.

The gross corporate taxes during 2021-22 was Rs 8.6 lakh crore against Rs 6.5 lakh crore in the previous year.

This, the ministry said, shows that the new simplified tax regime with low rates and no exemptions has lived up to its promise, enhancing Ease of Doing Business for the corporate sector, stimulating India’s economy and increasing tax revenues for the government.

Capital Expenditure

In the last fiscal year, direct tax collection rose by a record 49 percent to Rs 14.10 lakh crore, while indirect taxes recorded a growth of 20 percent to Rs 12.90 lakh crore– reflecting buoyancy in economy and the impact of anti-tax evasion measures.

For the current fiscal year, capital expenditure (capex) is budgeted to rise by 35.4 percent to Rs 7.5 lakh crore to continue the public investment-led recovery of the pandemic-battered economy. The capex last year was pegged at Rs 5.5 lakh crore. (TimesNowNews)