India's GDP growth will not be less than 5% in 2013-14: FM

The minister said he was particularly happy that agriculture growth has been estimated at 4.6 percent for 2013-14.

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 09, 2014, 10:20 AM IST

New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday expressed confidence that the economic growth rate for the current financial year will be revised to not less than 5 percent.

"I am confident that the final estimate will be not less than 5 percent for the whole year," Chidambaram said, while commenting on the Central Statistics Office's projection of 4.9 percent growth.

Growth in 2012-13 slipped to a decade-low of 4.5 percent. The economy expanded 4.6 percent in the first half (April-September) of this financial year.

"I am confident that growth in 2014-15 will show a significant improvement over 2013-14," Chidambaram said in a statement.

The minister said he was particularly happy that agriculture growth has been estimated at 4.6 percent for 2013-14.

"It is a vindication of the policies pursued by the UPA government, including higher MSP (minimum support price), subsidy to fertilisers, enhanced credit to farmers and provision of quality seeds," Chidambaram said.