Highlights of Finance Minister Jaitley’s comments on assuming office

New Delhi:  Arun Jaitley today assumed office as the country’s finance minister. Following are the highlights of his comments on his first day in office:

* To send strong signals by taking quick decisions in next 2 mos
* Have to restore pace of growth
* Have to contain inflation
* Have to concentrate on fiscal consolidation
* Taking over at a very challenging time
* To build confidence by expediting decisions
* Have to wait for a few days to spell out policy
* Balancing act will have to be done on inflation
* Govt change sends strong signal to global, local investors
* Mandate of govt has inbuilt hope
* Grateful to PM for expressing confidence in me
* Charge of defence ministry transient

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