India can't afford to grow at less than 8 pct - minister

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 27, 2013 12:20 hrs

NEW DELHI, Aug 27 (Reuters) - India cannot afford to grow at less than 8 percent per year and needs more reforms to revive growth, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told parliament on Tuesday during a debate on the state of the country's economy.

Asia's third-largest economy has struggled to lift itself out the worst economic slump in a decade. The government is trying to introduce a slew of reforms, including freeing up foreign investment in the insurance, pension and defence sectors, and simplifying tax laws to spur investment. (Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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