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GDP to grow at 7% from FY23, says CEA

- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

“WE EXPECT THE IMPACT OF THE SECOND WAVE TO NOT BE VERY LARGE... REFORMS WILL LEAD

TO A DECADE OF HIGH GROWTH FOR INDIA ,” KRISHNAMUR­THY SUBRAMANIA­N Chief Economic Advisor

The country’s economy will start witnessing a growth of 6.5 to 7 per cent from fiscal 2023 onwards, helped by various reforms undertaken by the government so far and also as Covid19 vaccinatio­n drive progresses, Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamur­thy Subramania­n said.

He said the second wave of Covid-19 is unlikely to have a very significan­t on the economy. The country’s economy contracted by 7.3 per cent in fiscal 2020-21. “Together with the reforms and focus on vaccinatio­n, I expect growth to start hitting close 6.5 to 7 per cent from FY23 onwards and accelerate from there on,” Subramania­n said at a virtual event organised by Dun & Bradstreet.

“Given the significan­t reforms that have been done over the last one and a half years, I have no hesitation in saying that I look forward to a decade of high growth for India.” He said the momentum in recovery that was seen in the fourth quarter of FY21 and overall in the second half of FY21 got impacted to some extent by the second wave of Covid-19.

While the second wave was quite devastatin­g on the health side, the economic impact of that has been limited because the second way was much shorter in duration compared to the first wave and the economic restrictio­ns that were placed were primarily at the state level, he said. “We expect the impact of the second wave to be not very large.”

Subramania­n said the supply-side reforms undertaken by the government in sectors such as agricultur­e, labour, export PLI scheme, change in MSME definition, creation of the bad bank, privatisat­ion of public sector banks among others, are going to push growth in the future. He said vaccinatio­n is important for the country to recover from the pandemic.

Addressing the event earlier, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) Chairman Bibek Debroy said GDP growth rate is a function of what the base was in the last year. He expects a real rate of growth of around 10 per cent during FY22. Debroy said the pandemic has resulted in whittling away of two years of economic developmen­t. “So it is not only the target of $5 trillion dollar (economy by 2024-25) moves far away, but also the fact that adhering to the 2030 SDGS (Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals) target for India will be a little more difficult .... One of the worrying signs is there aren't any robust signs of employment picking up in the urban areas.”

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