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Economic Survey 2017 tabled in Parliament: Key highlights

The Economic Survey 2017 has been prepared by chief economic adviser in the finance ministry Arvind Subramanian who said the adverse impact of demonetisation on GDP growth will be transitional. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/MintPremium
The Economic Survey 2017 has been prepared by chief economic adviser in the finance ministry Arvind Subramanian who said the adverse impact of demonetisation on GDP growth will be transitional. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley tabled the Economic Survey 2016-17 in Parliament during the first day of the budget session. Here are the major highlights from the Survey

New Delhi: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday tabled the Economic Survey 2016-17 in Parliament budget session. The survey projects the economy to grow in the range of 6.75% to 7.25% in the next fiscal year 2017-18 in the post-demonetisation year.

The survey prepared by chief economic adviser in the finance ministry Arvind Subramanian said the adverse impact of demonetisation on GDP growth will be transitional. The Economic Survey 2016-17 advocates the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as an alternative to the various social welfare schemes in an effort to reduce poverty.

Here are the major highlights from the Economic Survey 2016-17:

■ Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2016-17 to dip to 6.5%, down from 7.6% in last fiscal.

■ Economic growth to rebound to 6.75 to 7.5% in 2017-18.

■ Economic Survey sees fiscal windfall from Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, low oil prices.

Also read: Economic Survey bats for Universal Basic Income

■ Farm sector to grow at 4.1% in the current fiscal, up from 1.2% in 2015-16.

■ Fiscal gains from Goods and Services Tax (GST) will take time to realise.

■ Growth rate of industrial sector estimated to moderate to 5.2% in 2016-17 from 7.4% last fiscal.

■ The survey prepared by Chief Economic Adviser in the finance ministry Arvind Subramanian said the adverse impact of demonetisation on GDP growth will be transitional.

■ The Economic Survey 2016-17 has advocated the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as an alternative to the various social welfare schemes in an effort to reduce poverty. In his budget speech earlier this month, J&K finance minister Haseeb Drabu said he would want to create a social security fund and provide a UBI to all those living below the poverty line through a direct benefit transfer system.

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