08 May 2017 14:44 IST

More measures needed to fight black money: UNESCAP

Report pegs India's GDP growth at 7.1 per cent in 2017

The United Nations ESCAP in a new report has said that while demonetisation of high value currency by the government last year will help bring in more taxpayers into the tax net, more measures will be required to fight black money in the future.

“The measure did not, by itself, impede future black money flows in new denominations. Broader structural reforms which could also contribute to enhanced transparency include the implementation of goods and services tax; voluntary disclosure of income scheme; and tracking of high-value transactions through taxpayer identification numbers,” it said in the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017 released on Monday.

The report also said that more awareness about alternatives to cash transactions post demonetisation is there but moving towards a cashless economy will also require addressing household determinants of cash dependence beyond technology adoption, including low financial inclusion, high informality and low financial literacy.

It also expects the Indian economy will continue to grow at a “stable” 7.1 per cent in 2017, edging up to 7.5 per cent in 2018, led by higher private and public consumption and increased infrastructure spending.

It added that the impact of demonetisation will be “transient” on the economy.

Meanwhile, the report said that inflation is projected to reach 5.3 per cent to 5.5 per cent in 2017 and 2018.

“A key downside risk is heightened financial sector risks related to the concentration of bad loans in public sector banks,” it further said.

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