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Pranab says 8.2% GDP projection not disappointing

Pranab says 8.2% GDP projection not disappointing
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First Published: Tue, Aug 02 2011. 04 10 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 02 2011. 04 10 PM IST
New Delhi: The 8.2% growth projection for the Indian economy in FY12 is not “disappointing”, in light of the uncertainty in major economies the world-over, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday.
“In the overall global scenario, when European recovery is fragile and US recovery is uncertain, I don’t think that 8.2 per cent (projected growth) is disappointing,” he told reporters here.
The Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) on Monday lowered the country’s GDP growth projection for the current fiscal to 8.2% from 9% earlier, citing the uncertain global outlook, high domestic inflation and subdued industrial performance.
The finance minister, however, noted, “There are certain aspects which are also positive,” like impressive export growth and a reduction in India’s current account deficit.
The robust growth in exports indicates that Indian merchandize has found a diversified global market, he added.
During the April-June quarter, exports grew by 45.7% to $79 billion.
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First Published: Tue, Aug 02 2011. 04 10 PM IST