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At CWC meet, Manmohan Singh says India’s growth has slowed due to demonetisation

Manmohan Singh said the most worrisome impact of slowing economy was on job creation.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2017 16:34 IST
PTI, New Delhi
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Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday the country’s growth has slowed down mainly because of demonetisation and the economy is running on just one engine of public spending.

He expressed serious concern over the situation, particularly the impact on job creation.

Singh, in his intervention at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet, talked about the decline in the economic growth as depicted in the last quarter GDP numbers.

He said the slowdown was primarily due to demonetisation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 last year.

He said the Gross Value Addition (GVA) is the true sub-measure of economic activity and it has experienced a steep and sustained fall.

“Private sector investment has collapsed and the economy is running on just one engine of public spending,” he said at the meeting, chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Singh said the GVA growth of industry has fallen from 10.7% in March 2016 to just 3.8% in March 2017, a decline of nearly seven percentage points of growth.

“The most worrisome aspect of all this is the impact on job creation. Jobs have been extremely hard to come by for the youth of the nation,” he said.

The former Prime Minister noted that the construction industry, which is one of the largest employment generators in the country, has suffered contraction.

This, he said, “implies loss of millions of jobs for the nation’s workforce”.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 16:33 IST