New Delhi, November 30
India remained the fastest-growing major economy in the world during the July-September quarter though its GDP growth slowed down to 6.3 per cent mainly due to poor performance by the manufacturing and mining sectors as well as due to the moderating of a favourable base effect.
The economy grew by 8.4 per cent in July-September last year and 13.5 per cent in the preceding April-June quarter, according to official data released on Wednesday. China registered growth of 3.9 per cent in Q2 this year.
“Real GDP or GDP at Constant Prices (2011-12) in Q2 2022-23 is estimated at Rs 38.17 lakh crore, as against Rs 35.89 lakh crore in Q2 2021-22, showing a growth of 6.3 per cent as compared to 8.4 per cent in Q2 2021-22,” the National Statistical Office said.
Gross Value Added (GVA) grew by 5.6 per cent to
Rs 35.05 lakh crore in July-September this year. The surprise was the strong showing by the farm sector which saw 4.6 per cent GVA as compared to 3.2 per cent a year ago. However, the GVA in the manufacturing sector contracted to 4.3 per cent in Q2 from 5.6 per cent growth during the period a year ago. The GVA in mining also declined by 2.8 per cent in the quarter compared to 14.5 per cent growth. The GVA growth in the construction sector also decelerated to 6.6 per cent in the quarter from 8.1 per cent.
Growth was seen in the electricity, gas, water supply and other utility services segment (5.6 per cent); and 14.7 per cent in the services sector — trade, hotel, transport, communication and services related to broadcasting.
The Reserve Bank of India bulletin had projected that the GDP growth would be estimated at 6.1 to 6.3 per cent in the September quarter of the current fiscal.
“Agriculture growth is a positive surprise. Key sectors like manufacturing, construction, trade and hotels need to recover. With inflation softening and the RBI at the end of the rate hike cycle, the growth rate will recover in the remaining two quarters,’’ said Nish Bhatt, CEO, Millwood Kane International
“The growth is in line with the broader expectations, including the RBI’s own forecast. It continues to be driven by an increase in private consumption expenditure and gross fixed capital formation, indicating an ongoing robust recovery... the fiscal year target of achieving a growth of over 7% looks within reach,” said Mohit Ralhan of TIW Capital Group.
Meanwhile, the Centre’s fiscal deficit at the end of October touched 45.6 per cent of the full-year budget estimate, according to the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) on Wednesday. In actual terms, the fiscal deficit — the difference between expenditure and revenue — was Rs 7.58 lakh crore during April-October 2022-23.
GVA grew by 5.6%
- Gross Value Added (GVA) grew by 5.6% to Rs 35.05 lakh crore in July-September this year
- Farming: GVA growth rose to 4.6% against 3.2% a year ago
- Manufacturing: GVA contracted 4.3% from 5.6%
- Mining: It dipped by 2.8%
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‘Growth on track’
Chief Economic Adviser V Anantha Nageswaran told the media he expected the third quarter to be robust based on the strong consumer demand during the festival season. This, he said, would ensure GDP growth at 6.8 to 7% in current fiscal
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