Growth rate to improve in second half of FY13: Montek

Growth rate to improve in second half of FY13: Montek New Delhi: The government is doing a lot to push growth but the impact of its efforts will be felt in the second half of the fiscal when the expansion rate will show some improvement, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Thursday.

"We are doing a lot. The impact will be felt in the second half. Our expectations are that in the second half of the current year the growth rate will improve," Ahluwalia told PTI on the sidelines of an event here.

He was replying to a question whether the government was doing enough to support growth in the economy.

He said as per the projection of the Finance Ministry the growth rate in the second half of the current fiscal may be near about 6 percent, up from the first half of 5.4 percent.

"The Finance Ministry has just come up with an estimate for the year as the whole at 5.7 to 5.9 percent. Well that means that they think in the second half...It will go to may be something like 6 percent or little about six percent in order to generate the growth," he said.

In its Mid-Year Economic Analysis presented in the Parliament earlier this week, the government lowered the growth projection for 2012-13 to 5.7-5.9 percent from 7.6 percent estimated earlier.

The projection is at the lowest in a decade. In 2002-03, the economy had expanded by a mere 4 percent.

The economic growth rate during 2011-12 had slipped to the nine-year low of 6.5 percent because of slowing demand both globally and locally.

To propel growth and boost investment, the government announced host of measures in September and afterwards, including allowing Foreign Direct Investment up to 51 percent in multi-brand retail, opening up of the domestic aviation sector for foreign carriers as well allowing foreign players in the domestic insurance sector.

PTI