India can achieve 10 pc growth: Chidambaram
Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said it is possible for the country to achieve a 10 per cent economic growth in the next financial year.
"Achieving a 10 per cent growth in 2007-08 is tough, but it is possible in 2008-09. That will be a fitting finale for the UPA government's five-year tenure," Chidambaram said while addressing the India Policy Forum in New Delhi.
The country's GDP grew 9.4 per cent in 2006-07 and as per the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, it is poised to achieve a 9 per cent economic growth in the current fiscal.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), however, in its Annual Policy statement has projected GDP growth rate of 8.5 per cent for 2007-08.
Chidambaram said it would be possible to push up the economic growth by improving the performance of agriculture, which is stagnant for the last nine years.
Commenting on the comparisons which economists make between India and China, Chidambaram said the country's 9 per cent GDP growth rate compares well with 10-10.5 per cent growth rate of China.
He said the country's growth rate vis-a-vis China was not bad in view of the fact that it had to adhere to democratic norms and generate consensus, evolve laws and endure criticism before moving forward.