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One year of Narendra Modi government: The India Inc verdict

What do top industry leaders think of the Narendra Modi-led government's performance in the past year? The Forbes India-BMR Advisors survey has some answers

Published: May 18, 2015 06:08:08 AM IST
Updated: May 15, 2015 09:21:34 PM IST
One year of Narendra Modi government: The India Inc verdict
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In one of his first speeches after his appointment as India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi promised to work hard, and said, “When we meet in 2019, I will give you and my countrymen a report card.” The Modi government is poised to complete its first year in office and perhaps this is a good time to test its progress towards that final report card.

Forbes India and BMR Advisors conducted a survey this April among senior industry leaders on the government’s business agenda in the past one year. It included 17 questions on the performance of the government and steps taken to develop the business environment in the country (see Methodology).

The responses indicate an overwhelming belief in the steps taken by the government to usher in economic growth. At least 87 percent respondents believe the government has been pro-business and economic development; 78 percent feel steps taken by the government will lead to a better investment climate/business potential for investors in India. To a question on the performance of key government ministries, the Ministry of Finance (65 percent) and the Ministry of Power (68 percent) were ranked as the better performers.

Measures taken by the key ministries include the e-auction of coal and telecom spectrum (85 percent respondents praised it), efforts to bring back black money from foreign bank accounts, Jan-Dhan Yojana, and the direct transfer of subsidies. Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe that the realignment of ministries with the objective of ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’ has shown positive results. However, 60 percent of respondents have expressed concern that the first budget of the Modi government is yet to fulfil its promise of introducing a non-adversarial and simplified tax regime.

About 55 percent of respondents believe that appropriate steps have been taken to improve the ease of doing business in India. In 2015, India ranked 142 (out of 189 economies) in the World Bank’s index of ease of doing business. Although 71 percent believe the ‘Make in India’ campaign would have the highest long-term impact on the economy, only 29 percent believe sufficient steps have been taken to stimulate the campaign. Respondents believe that further steps need to be taken to improve the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector, which is at the core of the campaign. One-fourth of the respondents believe that credit availability through a dedicated SME bank is critical, followed by 23 percent asking for supply chain efficiencies.

Respondents believe India’s growth has been muted by a backlog of stalled projects in the power and infrastructure sectors. A majority of respondents feel a single-window clearance system for projects, the introduction of the Land Acquisition Bill, and faster environmental clearances are imperative for the revival of these projects. They also feel that an effective public-private partnership model, a clear and stable tax regime, and a viable long-term assurance for finance are required to develop infrastructure in the country.

Respondents indicated that the government has set the stage by introducing various initiatives in one year, and believe that it should walk the talk by introducing measures for effective implementation of all its initiatives.

One year of Narendra Modi government: The India Inc verdict

One year of Narendra Modi government: The India Inc verdict

One year of Narendra Modi government: The India Inc verdict
One year of Narendra Modi government: The India Inc verdict

(This story appears in the 29 May, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Aneesh

    However modi government has done good till now but the things they promised to middle class or upper middle class to have relaxation in tax limit is not yet fullfilled they stuck with the limit of 2.5lac with minor increase of 50k , that\'s what which is exactly half of 5 lac. More over around 50-60 % of income of an Indian citizen is out from the pocket in terms of taxes, its in the form of excise , sales tax, service tax , road tax, income tax etc. Learn from developed countries n implement the same. One more thing every one talks about the corruption, punishment for the crime should be so harsh so that the fear of punishment will help to reduce crime don\'t push cases in terms of \"tareek PE tareek\". Hoping some good governance onwards

    on Jun 22, 2015
  • Vivek

    i am first time read this Forbes magazine..and its on our PM MODI...after reading, it IS very clear that Indian government takes steps towards becoming a developed country...and country is now in good hands....

    on May 28, 2015
  • Premraj Kasar

    modi ji ne Jo kaam kiye hai ek saal WO congress ko hum sapne mai bhi krta hua nhi dekh sakte

    on May 25, 2015
  • Sathwik

    Thanks to Mr.Modi and his colleagues for giving one year good governance without any black mark of corruption. Continue, best of luck

    on May 19, 2015
  • Dr Raj

    Modi government inherited the governance of problem ridden country. On one hand there was poor economic growth rate, high inflation corruption and on the other hand there was policy paralysis for a long time. The first thing the Modi government did was to open the economy to higher FDIs in defence, manufacturing and other sectors, re-allocate the coal blocks and ward off the serious crisis of power shortage. The govts good intentions have been stalled in Rajya Sabha due to less numbers. If the The Land Acquisition bill had been passed we would have seen more activity. But on the whole Modi govt's one year in govt has been fairly satisfactory.

    on May 19, 2015
  • Venu Nemmara

    NARENDRA MODIJI SHINES LIKE DEVENDRA MODIJI; WORLD EXPECTS MORE FROM HIM. Hard work not 'Harwards'. Mr P.Chidambaram could not check his colleague Mr.Raja from looting the telecom sector. HE never knew about the Coal conspiracy. Rotten politics of Congress led by an Italian ?

    on May 19, 2015