PM’s Economic Council Projects Lower Growth of 6.5%

In its projection for the current fiscal, the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council has said that country will see a lower growth of 6.5 per cent during the current fiscal, due mainly to a two per cent drop anticipated in farm output over the previous year.

The council said that industrial output would hike up to 8.2 per cent as against 3.9 per cent growth in the previous fiscal, service would also see a lower growth of 8.2 per cent against 9.7 per cent in 20089-09.

“It is unlikely that growth will be lower than 6.25 percent, but may reach 6.75 percent,” council chairman C Rangarajan said, after presenting the report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

During the last fiscal, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) registered expansion of 6.7 per cent.

“Indian economy has done well in recent years,” Rangarajan said, adding: “The Indian economy has also weathered the economic crisis well and India remains the second-fastest growing economy in the world.”

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