In This fall, anticipate optimistic progress: Niti vice-chief


New Delhi, December 2

The Indian economy is coming out of the pandemic-induced de-growth and the GDP growth will enter the positive territory in the fourth quarter of this fiscal, Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Wednesday.

“The second quarter GDP figure (contraction of 7.5 per cent) reflects that the economy is coming out of this pandemic-induced de-growth phase and my expectation is that in the third quarter, we will achieve the same level of economic activity as the year-ago period.

“And the fourth quarter will show a small but positive growth over the previous year because the government has… ushered in many structural reforms and some more are in the pipeline,” he said.

Stating that all those reforms will provide a very strong foundation for accelerating the economic growth in the fiscal year 2021-22 and beyond, Kumar said, “We have now shrugged off the negative impact of the pandemic and are moving towards a sustained high growth trajectory in the coming years.”

About India’s growth figure in the current fiscal year, he said it will be better than negative 9 or 10 per cent, as has been forecast by many, including the RBI. — PTI



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