According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) advance estimates, Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2 per cent in 2018-19 against 6.7 per cent in the previous fiscal.
“Very healthy advance GDP growth numbers for 2018-19. GDP grows by 7.2% compared to 6.7% in 2017-18. India remains fastest growing major economy globally. At current prices GDP grows by 12.3% rising to 188.41 lakh crore. Per capita GDP at current prices rises to Rs. 141447," Garg said in a series of tweets.
He further said an increase in gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) indicates a pick up in investment activities.
“Especially gratifying, impressive and promising is the growth in gross fixed capital formation (GFCF). 12.2% real growth in 2018-19 compared to 7.6% in 2017-18 heralds excellent pick up in investment activity. GFCF as a ratio to GDP has risen to 32.9% from 31.4% in 2017-18," he said.He also said that various industries have shown impressive growth and added to the economy.
“Several industry segments record resounding and impressive GVA growth in 2018-19 compared to 2017-18. Manufacturing at 8.3% against 5.7%, Construction at 8.9% against 5.7% and Electricity, Gas, Water Supply and Utilities at 9.4% against 7.2% are star performers," he said.
The Economic Survey tabled in Parliament last year had projected that Indian economy would achieve growth rate of 7-7.5 per cent during 2018-19.
The CSO estimate is, however, a bit lower than 7.4 per cent growth projected by the Reserve Bank for the current fiscal.