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Economic Survey Tabled In Parliament, Projects 7% Growth Rate For 2019-20 | HIGHLIGHTS

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Economic Survey Tabled In Parliament, Projects 7% Growth Rate For 2019-20 | HIGHLIGHTS
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tables Economic Survey in Rajya Sabha.
Economic Survey Tabled In Parliament, Projects 7% Growth Rate For 2019-20 | HIGHLIGHTS
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2019-07-04T15:51:50+05:30

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey, the annual report of the Indian economy for the year 2018-19, in Rajya Sabha.

The survey has been prepared by Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian.

The Economic Survey serves as a useful policy document since it also contains policy ideas, key statistics on economic parameters and in-depth research on macro and sectoral trends.

Below are the highlights:

* GDP growth pegged at 7 pc in 2019-20, up from 6.8 pc last fiscal.

* Growth in current fiscal to be driven by investment, consumption.

* Sustained 8 pc growth needed to become a USD 5-trillion economy by 2024-25.

* Huge political mandate augurs well for growth prospects.

* Investment is the "key driver" of simultaneous growth in demand, jobs, exports & productivity.

* Green shoots in investment, visible pick-up in credit growth seen.

* Crude oil prices to decline in 2019-20, to push consumption.

* General government fiscal deficit seen at 5.8 pc in 2018-19, against 6.4 per cent last fiscal.

* Projects imports to grow at 15.4 per cent, exports at 12.5 pc for 2018-19.

* Projects 283.4 million tonne of foodgrain production in 2018-19.

* Foreign exchange reserves at USD 422.2 billion in June 2019.

* Suggests policies to unshackle MSMEs to grow, create jobs and enhance productivity.

* Calls for reorienting policies to promote young firms which have the potential to become big, rather than small MSME firms which remain small.

* Flags need to prepare for ageing of the population; this necessitates more healthcare investment, increasing retirement age in a phased manner.

* Highlights the immense potential of data of societal interest, says data should be "of the people, by the people, for the people".

* Legal reform, policy consistency, efficient labour markets and use of technology focus areas.

* Contract enforcement biggest constraint to improve Ease of Doing Business ranking; much of the problem is concentrated in the lower courts.

* Low pay and wage inequality remain serious obstacles towards achieving inclusive growth.

* Policy changes needed to lower overall lifetime ownership costs and make electric vehicles an attractive alternative to conventional vehicles.

* Survey recommends harmonised overarching National Policy on Resource Efficiency.

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