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GDP growth to pick up to 7-7.5 pc in 2018-19: Key highlights of Economic Survey

REUTERS
Published : Jan 29, 2018, 5:06 pm IST
Updated : Jan 29, 2018, 5:06 pm IST

Arun Jaitley's annual budget forecast that economic management will be challenging in the coming year.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (Photo: PTIFile)
 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (Photo: PTIFile)

New Delhi: The economy should grow between 7 per cent and 7.5 per cent in 2018/19 (April-March) with exports and private investment set to rebound, the country's top finance ministry economist said in the annual Economic Survey presented on Monday.

The survey, which sets the stage for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's annual budget on Thursday, forecast that economic management will be challenging in the coming year.

The survey was prepared by the finance ministry's Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, who estimates that gross domestic product will have grown 6.75 per cent in the current fiscal year ending in March.

Growth

2018/19 Growth seen at 7-7.5 per cent year-on-year

2017/18 GDP growth seen at 6.75 per cent year-on-year

2017/18 industry growth seen at 4.4 per cent

2017/18 farm sector growth seen at 2.1 per cent

Economic management will be challenging in the coming year

Biggest source of upside to growth to be from exports

Cyclical conditions may lead to lower tax and non-tax revenues in 2017/18

Private investment poised to rebound

Fiscal deficit

Target for fiscal consolidation specially in a pre-election year can carry a high risk of credibility

Current account deficit for 2017/18 expected to average 1.5-2 per cent of GDP

Pause in general government fiscal consolidation cannot be ruled out in 2017/18

Suggests modest (fiscal) consolidation that signals a return to the path of gradual but steady deficit reductions

Inflation, policy rates

Persistently high oil prices remain a key risk, to affect inflation

If inflation doesn't deviate from current levels policy rates can be expected to remain stable

Average CPI inflation seen at 3.7 per cent in 2017/18

Tags: economic survey 2018, inflation, gdp growth, fiscal deficit
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