Government Revises GDP Growth For 2018-19 To 6.1% From 6.8%

The economic growth has been on a downward spiral for last five quarters in a row. The GDP growth fell to 4.5 per cent in July-September period.

Government Revises GDP Growth For 2018-19 To 6.1% From 6.8%

The government on Friday revised the country's economic growth for financial year 2018-19 to 6.1 per cent from 6.8 per cent estimated earlier mainly due to deceleration in mining, manufacturing and farm sectors.

"Real GDP or GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for the years 2018-19 and 2017-18 stand at Rs 139.81 lakh crore and Rs 131.75 lakh crore, respectively, showing growth of 6.1 per cent during 2018-19 and 7.0 per cent during 2017-18," the National Statistical Office said in revised national account data released on Friday.

Under the first revision released in January 2019, real GDP or GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for 2017-18 was pegged at Rs 131.80 lakh crore, showing a growth of 7.2 per cent.

"The growth in real GVA (gross value added) during 2018-19 has been lower than that in 2017-18 mainly due to relatively lower growth in agriculture, forestry & fishing', mining and quarrying', manufacturing', electricity, gas, water supply & other utility services', financial services, public administration and defense' and other services'," it added.

During 2018-19, at constant prices, the growth rates of primary (comprising agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining & quarrying), secondary (comprising manufacturing, electricity, gas, water supply & other utility services, and construction) and tertiary (services) sectors have been estimated at 1.0 per cent, 6.0 per cent and 7.7 per cent, as against 5.8 per cent, 6.5 per cent and 6.9 per cent, respectively, in the previous year.

The economic growth has been on a downward spiral for last five quarters in a row. The GDP growth fell to 4.5 per cent in July-September period, the slowest pace of growth in over six years.

The latest revision by government in economic growth figures for 2018-219 come a day ahead of the presentation of Union Budget in parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The Economic Survey which was tabled in the parliament earlier in the day projected GDP to grow in the range of 6-6.5 per cent for financial year 2020-21.

The Survey also cut the growth projection for the current financial year to 5 per cent from an earlier estimate of 7 per cent GDP growth which was projected in July last year.