New Delhi, Feb 4: Achieving double-digit economic growth for India in the current global scenario is difficult but the country is on the path to clock 8 per cent plus expansion by 2020-21, a top finance ministry official said.
In his Budget speech on February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India is firmly on course to achieving over 8 per cent growth and becoming the world’s fifth-largest economy.
The country has recorded an average growth rate of 7.5 per cent in the first three years of the Modi government.
“What we are projecting is, this year second half will have a growth higher than 7 per cent. Next year, 7-7.5 per cent average growth rate has been projected.
“That would mean that there would be some quarters where growth might exceed 8 per cent. So we might see some 8 per cent plus growth quarter next financial year,” Subhash Chandra Garg, the Department of Economic Affairs Secretary (DEA), said.
The secretary further said that in 2020-21 “India should” be able to grow at about 8 per cent.
When asked by when India could move into a double-digit growth trajectory, Garg said it is difficult as the growth in the global economy is not that high.
Global growth is 3.5-4 per cent, he said.
“You need to grow exports quite a lot to think of 10 per cent (of growth).
Exports growth depend on the ability of the global economy to absorb imports. Ten per cent, to my mind, is not a realistic estimate. I think 8 per cent plus if we can grow, that could be a decent growth,” he said.
The GDP growth of 6.3 per cent in the July-September quarter of the current financial year signalled a turnaround of the economy. The growth had slipped to a three-year low of 5.7 per cent in the first quarter of the current financial year.
As per the estimates of Central Statistics Office (CSO), the Indian economy is expected to grow at 6.5 per cent in the current financial year.