'Infrastructure, schools key to India's growth'

New Delhi, October 31: | Updated: Oct 31 2007, 17:27pm hrs
India can sustain average 8.5 per cent annual economic growth if it improves infrastructure and education sectors, and expands farm output faster, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

"I am not saying 8.5 percent growth is a foregone conclusion," Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the deputy chairman of India's Planning Commission, told a conference organised by Fortune magazine in the Indian capital.

"It depends on improving infrastructure and the education sector. Also, if we can do (better) on agriculture."