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Indian economy strong, attempt is to maintain high growth rate in future: Arun Jaitley

During the press briefing, Economic Affairs Secretary SC Garg said inflation has consistently come down since 2014 and will not cross 4% this fiscal.

business Updated: Oct 24, 2017 17:29 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said India has been the fastest growing major economy for the last three years.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said India has been the fastest growing major economy for the last three years.(ANI Twitter)

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday the Indian economy is on a strong wicket with sound macroeconomic fundamentals.

At a press briefing to detail the state of economy, Jaitley said India has been the fastest growing major economy for the last three years and the attempt is to maintain high growth rate in the future.

At a presentation, Economic Affairs Secretary SC Garg said inflation has consistently come down since 2014 and will not cross 4% this fiscal.

Detailing macroeconomic fundamentals, Garg said current account deficit will be less than 2% this year and foreign exchange reserves have crossed $400 billion.

On fiscal deficit, he said the government is committed to sticking to the target of 3.2% of GDP for the current fiscal but a review would be done in December.

Stating that the GDP growth slowdown has bottomed out and the economy is turning around, he said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had recently projected that the country would achieve a 8% growth rate soon.

Garg further said the government is confident of surpassing the disinvestment target of Rs 72,500 crore for this fiscal.

Finance secretary Ashok Lavasa said total government expenditure so far this fiscal has been Rs 11.47 lakh crore out of Rs 21.46 lakh crore budgeted for this financial year.

Out of capital expenditure target of Rs 3.09 lakh crore, Rs 1.46 lakh crore has already been spent. Central public sector units have spent an additional Rs 1.37 lakh crore out of their target of Rs 3.85 lakh crore.

Lavasa said 83,677 km of road will be built in the next five years.

Banking sector non-performing assets (NPAs) rose from Rs 2.75 lakh crore in March 2015 to Rs 7.33 lakh crore as on June 2017, Department of Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar said. Of that Rs 1.75 lakh crore relates to just 12 cases which have been referred to NCLT.