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Government to reassess GDP forecast for this fiscal: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: With RBI lowering the growth forecast to 7.4 per cent for the current fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the government willreassess its GDP projections."It is not necessary for us to make
PTI September 29, 2015 20:26 IST
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New Delhi: With RBI lowering the growth forecast to 7.4 per cent for the current fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the government will
reassess its GDP projections.

"It is not necessary for us to make our own parallel judgement at this stage. We will reassess the situation," he said after the Reserve Bank announced its fourth bi-monthly monetary policy review.

Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said the reassessment would be done after second quarter results.

The RBI has lowered its economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.4 per cent from 7.6 per cent.

"With global growth and trade slower than initial expectations, a continuing lack of appetite for new investment in the private sector, the constraint imposed by stressed assets on bank lending and waning business confidence, output growth projected for 2015-16 is marked down slightly to 7.4 per cent from 7.6 per cent earlier," the RBI said in the policy review.

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The Finance Ministry had earlier pegged the growth rate for FY 2015-16 at around 8.1-8.5 per cent which now looks difficult to achieve as the growth in the first quarter worked out to be only 7 per cent.

Jaitley further said the government is "fully committed in meeting the fiscal deficit targets in order to consolidate the gains achieved by the contained inflation".

The government has pegged the fiscal deficit target at 3.9 per cent of the GDP for the current fiscal.

The decision of the central bank to cut repo rate or short-term lending rate to 6.75 per cent from 7.25 per cent will significantly provide policy support to the real economy and help in the economic recovery process, he said.