7% GDP Forecast & Other Key Highlights from Economic Survey 2019
The Economic Survey is the annual report of the Indian economy for the year gone by (2018-19).
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday, 4 July, tabled the Economic Survey for FY20 in the Rajya Sabha, projecting a growth rate of 7 percent.
Prepared by Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian, the Economic Survey comes amid Prime Minister Modi's recently announced aim to make India a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024.
The Economic Survey details the annual report of the Indian economy for the last fiscal year.
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Here are the key highlights of the Economic Survey 2019:
- India still the fastest growing major economy in 2018-19.
- India GDP growth has averaged a high 7.5% in last 5 years.
- MSMEs need to be seen as a source of innovation, growth and job creation.
- Fiscal deficit of central government declined from 3.5 percent of GDP in 2017-18 to 3.4 percent in 2018-19.
- Oil prices are expected to decline in 2019-20.
- Slow growth, GST, farm schemes will pose challenges on fiscal front, the survey states.
- Rural wage growth which had “bottomed out” has been on the rise since mid-2018.
- Prospects of pick-up in growth in 2019-20 on the back of further increase in private investment and acceleration in consumption.
- Food inflation based on Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) also continuing on its declining trend for fifth financial year has remained below 2.0 percent for the last two consecutive years.
- India’s Monetary Policy Committee framework has been successful in containing inflation.
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