India's economic growth (GDP) declines to 5.3% in July-Sept quarter, from 6.7% year ago
The gross domestic product (GDP) was 5.5 per cent in the April-June quarter of 2012-13 fiscal. It was 6.7 per cent in the July-September period of the previous fiscal.
Dragged down mainly by farm and manufacturing sectors, the growth rate in April-September worked out to be 5.4 per cent, against 7.3 per cent in the same period a year ago.
Describing the economic growth rate of 5.3 per cent as "below expectations", Finance Minister P Chidambaram said it was mainly due to scanty rainfall and poor showing by the manufacturing sector.
Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan said that the GDP growth in the current fiscal should be between 5.5-6 per cent and the a rate cut by the Reserve Bank would depend on lowering of inflation.
"It is a bit lower than expected. I certainly feel next half should be better....numbers are not important, we can say it has bottomed out and is beginning to go up again," Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahuluwalia said.
Reacting to the growth figure, industry chambers demanded that the government should push forward with the reforms to bring economy back on high growth path.
"It is imperative for the government to give a renewed thrust to the manufacturing sector which is not showing signs of any sustained pick-up," FICCI President R V Kanoria said.
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