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Call for independent debt office

By IndianMandarins- 23 Feb 2019
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Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar has called for setting up an independent debt management office, and also pitched for segregating different aspects of Reserve Bank's responsibilities.

 

"In 2014, the finance minister... had announced (setting up of independent debt management office), but it has not happened," he said.


In his February 2015 budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley had proposed to set up a Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA) within the finance ministry.


The idea behind setting up of PDMA was to resolve issues relating to conflict of interest as the RBI decides on the key interest rates as well as undertakes buying and selling of government bonds.

 

Kumar also noted that there was a need to deliberate on how to segregate different aspects of the Reserve Bank of India's responsibilities.

 

In this context, he said the government has been very courageous in giving the Reserve Bank the statutory authority of inflation targeting.

 

"Therefore, who then looks after growth, employment, debt and other legal things etc in the country? I think those are the things that need to be discussed," he said.

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