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India bright spot in global economy but caste-bias a concern, says World Bank prez

World Bank on Sunday said India can grow at 6.4 per cent in 2015 and accelerate further next year, but cautioned that an enduring "bias" on the basis of caste and other factors can impede prosperity.

The government, however, is well aware of this issue and the World Bank sees India as "a bright spot in an otherwise mediocre global economic outlook," the multilateral lending agency's President Jim Yong Kim said here. "Indian society has an enduring exclusion that is based, among other things, on caste identities. This bias can impede shared prosperity, serving as a basis for discrimination in many spheres, including in employment and other markets, as well as in public services," he said. 

Acknowledging the government's efforts to address such issues, Jim said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused on programmes to promote "broad-sharing of its benefits", in addition to action that will accelerate growth. 
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