Govt. Pegged Economic Growth At 7.75 Percent

Govt. Pegged Economic Growth At 7.75 Percent

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The government today pegged economic growth for the current fiscal at 7.75 per cent, higher than all previous estimates, but said high food inflation remained a cause for concern.

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Moreover, Pranab Mukherjee also said that the government could unload surplus wheat and rice stocks for open market sale.

“There are enough wheat and rice stocks. Therefore, it is proposed to make open market sale for unloading of surplus stock,” he said.

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The food inflation after surging to 19.83 per cent in the third week of December softened to 18.22% as of the week ended December 26.

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The wholesale price based inflation was 19.835 in the previous week while potato remained costly increasing as much as 110% over the last year.

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This was followed by pulses whose prices jumped by 42.21% while vegetables turned expensive by 30.97% and onion prices rose by 40.07% on yearly basis.

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“A major area of concern is high food inflation; therefore collaborative efforts of the central and state governments are required to tackle this problem” Mukherjee said at the meeting.

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Economic growth stood at 7 per cent during the first half of the current fiscal, Mukherjee said.

He pegged GDP growth for the whole fiscal at around 7.75 per cent – a number that exceeds the initial estimates of the government as well as the RBI.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month stated that returning to a speedy expansion pace after a slow 2008 due to the global economic crisis; economy is expected to rise by 7% or a little more in the current fiscal.

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