Indian economic growth forecast slashed: Mid-Year Economic Analysis
In its Mid-Year Economic Analysis, which was tabled in Parliament today, the government lowered the economic growth estimate for 2012-13 to 5.7-5.9 per cent, from 7.6 per cent projected in Economic Survey in March.
This would be the lowest growth since 2002-03, when the economy expanded by a mere 4 per cent. In the 2011-12 fiscal, the economy expanded at 9-year low of 6.5 per cent.
The challenges before the economy, the document said would be to meet revenue realisation, disinvestment target, and contain fiscal deficit at 5.3 per cent of GDP.
Briefing reporters, Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram Rajan said: "Slowdown has bottomed out. We anticipate that with the positive momentum that we see build up, we will see 6 per cent growth in second half which will take up the growth for full fiscal to 5.7-5.9 per cent". It grew by 5.4 per cent during April-September 2012-13.
He suggested a three pronged strategy – confidence inducing Budget, speeding up clearance for projects, and further steps in capital market reform -- to boost investor confidence and propel growth momentum.
The document, which was released a day before the Reserve Bank's mid-quarter review, has pitched for supportive monetary and fiscal
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