Economy to grow by around 7 pc in FY'09, hopes FM
Revival in steel and cement sectors and ample funds available with states for spending on Saturday gave the centre the confidence that the country will grow by around 7 per cent in the current fiscal.
For the first nine months of this fiscal, the economy grew by 6.9 per cent and the government's advance estimates pegged the growth at 7.1 per cent for the entire 2008-09.
Replying to a question on economic growth, Mukherjee told Karan Thapar in an interview for Devil's Advocate on CNN-IBN, "All these are estimates and of course between 6.9 and 7.1 (there is) not much difference, but I do hope when the final figures come out it would be around seven per cent."
The economy grew by 5.3 per cent in the the third quarter of current fiscal.
To a query whether market is losing confidence due to slackening growth, he said, "I don't agree with your (interviewer's) contention." He said exact numbers could be known only after it becomes clear how will economy respond to stimulus packages.
"All these things have to be seen for example slow revival of steel and cement industry has started, housing industry have been made adequate allocations, states have been provided funds, they themselves have good cash reserves of about Rs 91,000 crore, quite a few of them would like to spend a substantial quantum of money this year.All this would be available after March 31," he added.