This Article is From Jan 29, 2018

GDP Growth To Pick Up To 7-7.5% In 2018-19: Key Highlights Of Economic Survey

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 percent in the current fiscal year ending in March.

GDP Growth To Pick Up To 7-7.5% In 2018-19: Key Highlights Of Economic Survey

The survey forecasts economic management to be challenging in the year ahead (Representational image)

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.

Here are the highlights of the Economic Survey report:


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
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