Indian economy resilient enough to overcome challenges: Pranab

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: May 24 2012, 00:01am hrs
Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee
Amid declining value of rupee and rising inflation, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said Indian economy is resilient enough to overcome challenges and the government will make efforts to moderate the rate of price rise and reduce current account deficit (CAD).

"I have full faith in the resilience of the Indian economy and am sure that we will be able to overcome the current economic challenges successfully as we have done in

the past, many times," he said.

"Our efforts are directed towards overcoming difficulties facing the economy and aim at moderate inflation and have acceptable level of fiscal deficit and CAD," Mukherjee added.

The minister said this while addressing a meeting of the probationary officers of the Indian Economic Service (IES) at his office in the North Block.

The Indian economy, he said, too was facing "some challenges" due to the ongoing crisis in the eurozone countries and its impact on other parts of the world.

While the current account deficit (CAD), which indicates the difference between inflow and outflow of foreign exchange, is expected to rise to 4 per cent of the GDP in 2011-12 from 3.3 per cent a year ago, high crude oil prices is expected to put pressure on government finances.

More importantly, steep fall in rupee's value, which crossed Rs 56 to a dollar, is expected to push up the cost of imports, especially the petroleum products and imported fertiliser. Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have been clamouring for increase in prices of petroleum products.

The efforts of the government, Mukherjee said, would be to put the economy on high growth trajectory.

Indian economy was growing at over 9 per cent before the global financial meltdown in 2008 pulled down the growth rate to 6.7 per cent in 2008-09. Thereafter, the economy recorded a growth rate of 8.4 per cent for two consecutive years before sliding again to 6.9 per cent in the previous fiscal.