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.

EDITORIAL OF THE DAY

  • Government must consider Sitharaman’s move to revisit Apple’s application for retail

    Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s decision to revisit the Apple application for waiver of mandatory local sourcing, if taken serio

FC NEWSLETTER

Stay informed on our latest news!

TODAY'S COLUMNS

Arun Nigavekar

Can Hefa actually become a reality?

The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) is actively wo­rking ...

Zehra Naqvi

Man proved to be a tyrant and a fool

Reading the history of different species is, perhaps, the most ...

Dharmendra Khandal

No one's getting rich overnight by poaching

We often read in newspapers that tiger skin worth Rs ...

INTERVIEWS

William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture