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Economy to grow over 8 % this fiscal: Panagariya

The economy is expected to grow over 8 per cent this fiscal with the forecast of above-normal monsson raising hopes of the agriculture sector’s revival after two successive drought years, Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya said today.

“The economic growth rate will be more than 8 per cent during the current fiscal. There is a forecast of above-normal monsoon this fiscal,” Panagariya said after delivering a lecture organised by the Central Vigilance Commission here.

He said the economic growth in the current fiscal could be even higher in view of policy and monetary interventions by the government and the Reserve Bank, which will ultimately push the sluggish industrial growth.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also expressed hope that good rains will propel India’s economic growth to 8.5 per cent during the current fiscal, higher than Central Statistics Office advance estimates of 7.6 per cent for 2015-16.

Earlier this month, Indian Meteorological Department has forecasted above-normal monsoon during this kharif season raising hopes of buoyancy in the economy this fiscal.

According to IMD, there are 94 per cent chances of country receiving “normal to above normal” rainfall while there is only 1 per cent probability of “deficient” rainfall.

Agriculture, which contributes 15 per cent to India’s GDP and employs about 60 per cent of the country’s population, is heavily dependent on monsoon as only 40 per cent of the cultivable area is under irrigation.

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