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Jan-Mar GDP at 6.1%: Several factors responsible for decline in growth, says FM Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Several factors including the global situation were responsible for decline in GDP growth to 6.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016-17, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today, dismissing suggestions that it was on account of demonetisation.

File image of Arun Jaitley. Reuters

File image of Arun Jaitley. Reuters

The minister further said some slowdown was visible even prior to demonetisation of Rs 500/1000 currency notes announced by the government on 8 November last year.

"Seven-eight percent growth is fairly reasonable level of growth and very good by global standard and reasonable by Indian standard," Jaitley said while addressing media on completion of three years of the Modi government.

According to GDP data released yesterday, growth rate slipped to 6.1 percent in the January-March quarter and 7.1 percent, the lowest in the three years, during 2016-17.

Referring to the challenges, he said the major ones include resolving the issue of bad loans in the banking sector and encouraging private sector investment.

On privatisation of ailing national carrier Air India, Jaitley said Niti Aayog has already given its recommendations to the Civil Aviation Ministry to explore various options.

"It is for the Civil Aviation Ministry to explore various options," he added.

Published Date: Jun 01, 2017 13:46 PM | Updated Date: Jun 01, 2017 13:52 PM

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