GDP growth in Q3 will be about 5 pct: PMEAC

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 27 2014, 23:39pm hrs
GDP growthIndia's economy in the third quarter of the current fiscal is likely to grow by more than 5 per cent. Reuters
India's economy in the third quarter of the current fiscal is likely to grow by more than 5 per cent, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) Chairman C Rangarajan said today.

"Third quarter GDP figure could be more than 5 per cent. Overall growth rate for the FY'14 is estimated to be around 4.9 per cent of GDP, which implies growth rate in the second half will be 5.2 per cent but there could be some adjustment in quarter 1 and quarter 2 growth figure.

"But generally speaking I think it (growth in third quarter of FY'14) could be in the range of 5 per cent," Rangarajan said at an event here.

He further said that Current Account Deficit (CAD) in the current fiscal would be around 2 per cent.

"CAD could now be close to 2 per cent of GDP in the current fiscal. Last year the CAD was USD 88 billion. The CAD this year could be USD 45 billion, which would be roughly 2 per cent of GDP," Rangarajan said.

The PMEAC Chairman expressed disappointment over delay in execution of large scale investment projects.

"Delay in completion of projects and critical inputs is hitting the economic growth. India's economy could grow at an annual rate of as much as 7 per cent if large-scale investment projects are implemented quickly," Rangarajan said.

According to advanced estimates released recently by the Central Statistics Office, GDP growth for 2013-14 is estimated at 4.9 per cent, compared to the growth rate of 4.5 per cent in 2012-13.

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