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Reaching $5 trillion GDP target by 2025 at current growth rate 'simply out of question', says former RBI governor C Rangarajan

  • The Narendra Modi government soon after assuming office for the second term has set a target of taking the economy to $5 trillion over the next five years

  • The economy has been on a steady decline with growth rate slowing from 8.2 percent in FY16 to 6.8 percent FY19

  • If at all the GDP becomes a $5-trillion gorilla, he said, India's per capita income will grow still $3,600 up from the present $1,800, leaving us still in the low-middle income country bracket

Ahmedabad: Stating that the economy is in bad shape, former Reserve Bank governor C Rangarajan has said at the current growth rate, reaching the $5-trillion GDP target by 2025 is "simply out of question".

The Narendra Modi government soon after assuming office for the second term has set a target of taking the economy to $5 trillion over the next five years. But since there have been dark clouds gathering all over the economy leading many to question the maintainability of the target.

The economy has been on a steady decline with growth rate slowing from 8.2 percent in FY16 to 6.8 percent FY19. While the first-quarter growth slipped to a six-year low of 5 percent, the best forecast for the second quarter is 4.3 percent now. Even RBI has lowered its growth full-year forecast by a full 90 bps in two months to 6.1 percent in its October policy review.

 Reaching  trillion GDP target by 2025 at current growth rate simply out of question, says former RBI governor C Rangarajan

Representational image. Reuters.

"Today our economy is about $2.7 trillion and we are talking about doubling this over the next five years at $5 trillion. The required rate of growth to achieve that level is in excess of 9 percent per annum. Reaching $5 trillion by 2025 is simply out of question," Rangarajan said here on Thursday.

"You have lost two years. This year it is going to be under-6 percent growth and next year it may be about 7 percent. Thereafter, the economy may pick up," he said while addressing a function organised by IBS-ICFAI Business School.

He also if at all the GDP becomes a $5-trillion gorilla, our per capita income will grow still $3,600 up from the present $1,800, leaving us still in the low-middle income country bracket.

"The definition of a developed country is the one whose per capita income is $12,000. It will take 22 years for us to reach that level provided we grow at 9 percent per annum," the former central banker said.

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Updated Date: Nov 22, 2019 11:38:42 IST