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Yes, double digit growth can happen by 4th quarter: Goyal

New Delhi: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday that India's economy can grow in double digits by the fourth quarter of the current fiscal in view of the uptick in demand.

His comment comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that many more steps need to be taken for India to reach double digit growth,

Goyal said the government has taken several steps to promote the ease of doing business and maintain stability of the economy.

"I can actually see before my eyes, that we can actually see it happening by the fourth quarter of this year. It's not impossible," he said in a reply to a question as to when India would reach the inflextion point for double digit growth.

There is a demand uptick in the economy and India is market place of billions of aspirational consumers, he said.

"I think the efforts this government is doing for making easier to do business...let me correct myself, to make it easier to do honest business... And when this country becomes a nation of honest business, then 10 per cent plus growth is a given for us," he said.

Goyal also said that this government has been very responsible, both in the management in the economy and management of prices.

While addressing Niti Aayog's fourth meeting of Governing Council on Sunday, Modi had said that the challenge before India is to take the economic growth rate to double-digits for which many more steps need to be taken.

Modi also said that the world expects India to become a $5 trillion economy soon.

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