'GDP growth may decline to 7-7.25% in FY'12'

PTI New Delhi | Updated on November 15, 2017

Dr Rangarajan

India’s GDP growth is likely to decline to 7-7.25 per cent this fiscal from 8.4 per cent in 2010-11 due to slackening industrial output and slowdown in global economy, the PMEAC Chairman, Dr C. Rangarajan, said here today.

He also said that the Government will not be able to stick to the fiscal deficit target of 4.6 per cent of GDP this fiscal.

“The overall growth rate in industry will be well below the initial expectations. The world economic situation is also not very encouraging. Under these circumstances, the growth rate during the current year may be between 7 per cent and 7.25 per cent,” Dr Rangarajan said at an Assocham meet.

Initially, the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) had projected the GDP during 2011-12 at 8.2 per cent.

Dr Rangarajan, however, expressed hope that the GDP growth “may turn out to be better” in 2012-13 due to likely decline in inflation, improvement in infrastructure and “greater clarity” on issues like land acquisition and environment.

He further said the broad macro-economic parameters relating to savings and investment are conducive to achieving a growth rate of 8 to 9 per cent in a sustained manner.

Inflation, fiscal deficit

For a sustained high growth, inflation must be tamed and fiscal deficit contained.

“Inflation continues to remain an area of concern in the current fiscal...We must use all of our policy bring down current inflation and re-anchor inflationary expectations to the 5 per cent comfort zone,” he said.

As the inflation showed signs of moderation in December, he said: “Perhaps, the headline inflation will come below 7 per cent by March 2012.’’

The PMEAC Chairman further said: “We, however, have to bear in mind that the rationalisation process in the pricing of petroleum products is still to be completed and, as and when this happens, it will impact overall inflation.’’

Fiscal deficit target

On the fiscal deficit target of 4.6 per cent for this fiscal, he said: “perhaps this is difficult to achieve’’, adding “to gain credibility, it is important that fiscal deficit remains close to this level’’.

Over the medium-term, the Government should draw up an appropriate roadmap to reach the FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management) target of three per cent of GDP, he said.

Published on January 31, 2012

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