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Indian economy to grow by six to 6.5 percent in 2012-13: Ahluwalia

 
The Indian economy is expected to grow by six to 6.5 percent in the current financial year, and would take at least two years to reverse to 8 percent growth trajectory, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said. "Growth rate is going to be lower, in the range of six to 6.5 percent... If we grow at 6.5 percent, it will be a good performance," Ahluwalia told reporters.

He said that the Indian economy is unlikely to reverse to 8 percent growth trajectory for at least two years. "Our natural growth rate is eight percent. However, it will take at least two years to reverse to that growth path," he said.

The country's gross domestic product growth slumped to a nine-year low of 5.3 percent in the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Reacting to the monetary policy announced by the Reserve Bank of India, Ahluwalia said that the RBI move showed that inflation remained a concern.

He said that the Planning Commission considers five to six percent inflation a comfortable level, while the central bank is even more cautious and their comfort level of inflation is four to five percent.

"Clearly, the inflation is not in comfortable level," he said.

Core inflation was recorded at 7.25 percent in June, as per the latest available data. The real worry is about food inflation, which remains in double digits. Food inflation accelerated to 10.81 percent in June, as compared to 10.74 percent in the previous month.

Ahluwalia said that the RBI monetary policy would not have any big impact on investment and growth. "I do not think that investments are affected due to what happens to repo rate," he said.

In the first quarter review of the monetary policy, the RBI, on July 31, kept key policy rates unchanged for the second time since June, saying that lowering of rates would aggravate inflationary pressure.

The repo rate, the rate at which the RBI lends to commercial banks, remains unchanged at eight percent, while the reverse repo rate, the rate at which the RBI borrows money from commercial bank remains steady at seven percent.