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At last, some good news for the Indian economy

November 13, 2013 17:34 IST

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India will see ‘distinctly better’ economic growth in the second half of the current fiscal on improvement in manufacturing and good monsoon this season, PMEAC Chairman C Rangarajan said on Wednesday.

"I think it (growth) will happen. For the second half of the year, it will be distinctly better," Rangarajan told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event in New Delhi.

"The impact of the good monsoon will be only seen in the second half.

“Apart from increasing agricultural production, this will also increase the rural demand," he said at a Confederation of Indian Industry seminar on Financial Inclusion for Reviving Growth.

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Image: Labourers remove dust from paddy crop at a wholesale grain market in Chandigarh.
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Besides, Rangarajan said, there has been improvement in the manufacturing sector and in the second half of the current fiscal the growth of this sector could be about 3 per cent.

"As far as manufacturing is concerned, we have seen some improvement. . . Going ahead, in the second half of the year, we think that the manufacturing growth rate will be about 3 per cent," he said.

"Therefore, for the year (2013-14) as a whole, it will be about 1.5 per cent which will be consistent with an aggregate growth rate of the economy of a little over 5 per cent," he added.

The economy grew by 4.4 per cent in the first (April-June) quarter of current fiscal.

In 2012-13, the gross domestic product growth fell to a decade low of 5 per cent.

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Image: A shopkeeper waits for customers at his shop selling wall clocks in the old quarters of Delhi.
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Rangarajan said the impact of various measures that the government has taken in the recent past will be seen in the second half only.

He also maintained Prime Minister’s Economic Advisoy Council's growth projection of about 5.3 per cent which can be achieved with the present trend in the manufacturing.

The PMEAC had initially projected growth target of 6.4 per cent for 2013-14 which was lowered to 5.3 per cent in September.

In reply to a question as to whether India is ready to cope with the financial stress that might arise due to the US fiscal tapering, Rangarajan said: "I think we must get ready for it because we don't know when it will happen.

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“The good news is that the current account deficit is coming down.

"In fact the CAD should be much lower than what one had expected.

“If the current account deficit comes down below 3 per cent of the GDP, the capital flows should be adequate to control the CAD."

Finance Minister P Chidambaram said last month that India will be able to contain CAD below $60 billion in 2013-14 as against an earlier estimate of $70 billion.

 


Image: Workers sit on iron pipes before loading them on a truck at an iron and steel market in an industrial area in Mumbai.
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