Indian economy has recovered 'handsomely' from pandemic-induced disruptions, says ex-NITI Ayog VC Arvind Panagariya
Panagariya suggested that the government must now signal its intention to wind down the fiscal deficit by cutting it by a half-to-one percentage point in 2022-23
New Delhi: The Indian economy has recovered 'handsomely' from the pandemic-induced disruptions, former NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya said on Tuesday while expressing hope that the recovery will be sustained and the growth rate of 7 to 8 per cent will be restored.
Panagariya suggested that the government must now signal its intention to wind down the fiscal deficit by cutting it by a half-to-one percentage point in 2022-23.
While an advanced estimate by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) places India’s GDP growth in 2021-22, at 9.2 per cent, Panagariya said this is higher than any other country this past year and the recovery has also been across-the-board.
The economy, which was significantly hit by the pandemic, had contracted 7.3 per cent in the last fiscal.
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