8.2pc GDP growth projection not disappointing: Pranab

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Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
New Delhi, Aug 2: The 8.2 per cent growth projection for the Indian economy in FY'12 is not "disappointing", in light of the uncertainty in major economies the world-over, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here today (Aug 2).

"In the overall global scenario, when European recovery is fragile and US recovery is uncertain, I don't think that 8.2 per cent (projected growth) is disappointing," he told reporters here.

The Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) yesterday lowered the country's GDP growth projection for the current fiscal to 8.2 per cent from 9 per cent earlier, citing the uncertain global outlook, high domestic inflation and subdued industrial performance.

The Finance Minister, however, noted, "There are certain aspects which are also positive," like impressive export growth and a reduction in India's current account deficit.

The robust growth in exports indicates that Indian merchandise has found a diversified global market, he added. During the April-June quarter, exports grew by 45.7 per cent to USD 79 billion.

PTI

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