Economy to grow by 7.5% in 2009-10: PM

Last Updated: Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 12:06

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the economy is expected to register a growth rate of 7.5 percent in this financial year (2009-10), up from 6.7 percent a year ago.

"In the current financial year, the growth rate of economy is likely to be 7.5 percent," he said while addressing a meeting of the Chief Ministers on price rise here.

The economy, which had been growing at over 9 percent, slipped to 6.7 percent in 2008-09 following the impact of the global economic crisis triggered by the fall of investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

Driven by stimulus packages and easing of monetary policy, India`s economy during the second quarter (July-September 2009-10) expanded by 7.9 percent, much more than anticipated by any analyst or thinktank.

The RBI in its recent review of the monetary policy too projected a growth rate of 7.5 percent for the current fiscal.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, while presenting the Mid-Year Review of the Economy had said that economy could grow in excess of 7.75 percent despite the impact of drought and floods on agriculture output.


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First Published: Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 12:06

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