Plan panel expresses disappointment over industrial numbers

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Montek Singh Ahluwalia (File Photo)
Montek Singh Ahluwalia (File Photo)

Planning Commission today expressed disappointment over decline in the industrial output by 1.8 per cent in June, while hoping that the steps announced by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram would help in boosting growth.

“The industrial number has been disappointing for the first few months (of the fiscal),” Commission’s Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said.

He, however, said that the initiatives announced by P. Chidambaram to boost investment sentiments, last week, would help in turn around of the economy.

“Finance Minister has made a very good statement about the steps government will take to turn around the economic growth”, he added.

The industrial production contracted by 1.8 per cent in June mainly due to the poor showing by manufacturing and capital goods sectors, reflecting persistent slowdown in the economy.

The industrial output in the April-June quarter too declined by 0.1 per cent this fiscal.

Growth in factory output, as measured by the index of industrial production (IIP), was 9.5 per cent in June, and 6.9 per cent in April-June quarter of 2011-12.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that steps which the government is planning to initiate to boost the economy would start showing results only around second half of the fiscal.

”Only around September or October the judgement as to whether the steps have had the effect that is intended (could be seen)”, he added.

He further said that the Planning Commission was in the process of finalising the ‘Economic Outlook’ section of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).

“I have said that the GDP growth will be 6-6.5 per cent. We take a final look at it and you will know our assessment probably by September,” Montek Singh Ahluwalia added.

(This article was published on August 9, 2012)
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