"While our aim is to achieve an average GDP growth of 8% during the 12th Plan (2012-17), the focus will continue to remain on inclusive growth," he said.
Manmohan Singh said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had delivered an average economic growth rate of 7.9% since it took office.
"This is the highest growth rate ever achieved by any government over its tenure. Even if the comparison is limited to the six years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, the growth was only 6%," he said.
He said the improved performance in agriculture was reflected in the growth of per capita consumption in rural areas.
"Agricultural growth in the UPA period was 3.5% compared with only 2.9% per year in the NDA period (1998-99 to 2003-04)," he said.
He said the government's policies led to a growth of 6.8% per year in real agricultural wages in the 11th Five Year Plan compared with only 1.1% in the previous decade.