Sitharaman hints at booster dose for real estate sector

MUMBAI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the government and RBI are working to resolve the issues being faced by the realty sector. Admitting that realty sector has been left out of the booster steps announced earlier, she said the sector has a spillover effect on many sectors, especially the core sector.

Sitharaman hints at booster dose for real estate sector

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and SEBI chairman Ajay Tyagi ring a bell to conclude the silver jubilee celebrations of the National Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI

Tribune News Service

Mumbai, November 5

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the government and RBI are working to resolve the issues being faced by the realty sector.

Admitting that realty sector has been left out of the booster steps announced earlier, she said the sector has a spillover effect on many sectors, especially the core sector.

“The government is very keen and is working very clearly together with the RBI to see how best we can, where necessary, tweak the existing norms to help the people who are affected in the realty sector,” she said at an NSE event.

Admitting that the so far announced measures have not helped revive the sentiment in the real estate, she said since August the government has been making various interventions to revive the market and consumption demand. Still there is a lot of work to be done and “one particular sector which I have not touched, but which has a lot of positive impact and also can effect an impact for the stock market, is the real estate sector.”

She said many funds are ready to invest but want more policy support.

“There are many alternative funds which are now approaching us saying we would like to do something with you all so long as there is some supporting mechanism available for reviving the realty sector,” she said.

It can be noted that since the note ban in November 2016 and the soon-to-be followed RERA introduction in May 2017 and subsequent rollout of the GST in July 2017, the realty market, which used to thrive on black money all these years, was hit hard and is yet to recover from the triple shocks. The liquidity crisis in the NBFC sector has also played its role.

Officials of the NSE suggested that the government should bring down the securities transaction tax. “Equity penetration is very low in India compared with its peers.... to further expand markets we need to further simplify them,” said Vikram Limaye, MD and CEO, NSE.

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