GDP growth to improve this fiscal: Jaitley

Tags: Economy
India's economic growth is expected to improve during the current fiscal from 4.7% in 2013-14, helped by a revival in industrial growth, improved fiscal health and external economic situation, Parliament was informed today.

The Economic Survey 2013-14 tabled in the Lok Sabha early this month had projected the country to grow between 5.4-5.9% in the current fiscal.

"The growth rate of the country is expected to increase during 2014-15, compared to 2013-14," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

He said factors such as revival of industrial growth, improved external economic situation characterised by a stable current account, benign outlook on oil prices, improved fiscal health and modest revival in global economy can be expected to contribute to the GDP growth in 2014-15.

The country has been clocking a sub-5% growth for the past two financial years, mainly on account of slowdown in investments.

In a separate reply to another question, the Minister said slowdown in investment has happened due to a combination of factors such as weak business sentiment, global slowdown, lower export demand, infrastructure bottlenecks and rise in interest costs owing to elevated inflation.

"The government continuously monitors macro-indicators including sectoral investment pattern in the economy," he said, adding the investment rate declined from 35.5% of GDP in 2011-12 to 34.8% in 2012-13.

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