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Economy will witness higher growth in coming quarters: Jaitley

Author: IANS/Friday, December 1, 2017/Categories: Economy

Economy will witness higher growth in coming quarters: Jaitley

New Delhi, Nov 30 - Lauding the upward movement of the GDP number for the second quarter of 2017-18, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the rise in growth after five quarters marks the reversal of the trend and the economy will witness high growth rates in the coming quarters.

"Last five quarters have witnessed downward trend. The 6.3% rise during Q2 of 2017-18 marks the reversal of that trend. This additionally indicates that the impact of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax is now behind us and hopefully in the coming quarters will take an upward trajectory," Jaitley said at a press meet here on November 30.

He said while this was broadly an initial analysis of the figures, "hopefully we can take to higher growth rate in the coming quarters."

Jaitley said if one looked at the overall picture since May 2014, out of 13 quarters the economy clicked 7% growth eight times. "We have fallen behind 6% only once. This marks a reversal and it has been largely enabled by manufacturing while investment has moved up. These are the two significant features."

Official data released revealed that a rise in the manufacturing sector's output pushed India's growth rate higher to 6.3% during the second quarter of 2017-18 breaking a five quarters slump.

On a sequential basis, India's GDP growth for Q2 of the current fiscal went up to 6.3%, from 5.7% reported during the first quarter of 2017-18.

In a statement the finance ministry said the real GDP growth for the second quarter of fiscal 2017-18, just released by the CSO, is estimated at 6.% , a substantial increase from 5.7% in the first quarter. 

Real Gross Value Added growth has shown a similar increase from 5.6% in the first quarter to 6.1% in the second quarter, despite a deceleration in agricultural growth from 2.3% in the first quarter to 1.7% in the second. 

The deceleration in overall growth witnessed since the first quarter of the last fiscal year has been reversed, the statement added.

"The acceleration in growth this quarter has been helped by a rapid growth in manufacturing which increased from 1.2% in the first quarter to 7% in the second quarter. Robust growth of 7.6% in electricity and other utilities, and 9.9% in trade, transportation and communications also powered this acceleration," the ministry said. 

Overall, the services sector recorded a growth of 7.1% in the second quarter.

It stated the rate of growth of gross fixed capital formation has also increased from 1.6 percent in the first quarter to 4.7% in the second quarter. Real private consumption growth has broadly held steady at 6.5%.

"In summary, the economy now seems to have weathered the transitional challenges experienced earlier in the year and appears poised for a durable recovery going forward."

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