Revival of interest by investors to push growth: Chidambaram
"Current (fiscal) year, we will not do better than 5.7 per cent. Next year, we hope to have a growth of 6-7 per cent," he said, adding that with the revival in investment activities, India would be able to achieve its potential growth rate of over 8 per cent.
Elaborating on the reason for optimism, Chidambaram said there is a revival of investor interest in India as a result of a number of measures taken by the government.
"People are coming to us for inquiries, approaching banks. There is a clear revival. I am not saying there is investment taking place, but there is a revival of interest," he said.
Chidambaram, who is here for investors' conference, further said India has the potential to grow over 8 per cent. "If investment gathers pace year after, we should get back to our growth rate of 8 per cent. India's potential growth rate is above 8 per cent. We have done in it before. We will do it again," he said.
The global slowdown has taken its toll on India's growth, and its GDP fell to 5.4 per cent in the first half of the current fiscal. It may end the year with a decade low growth of 5.7 per cent. India had posted growth rate of over 9 per cent for three years in a row
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