Plan panel expects GDP at 8% for 2010-11

Plan panel expects GDP at 8% for 2010-11

The panel, in its presentation 'Current Economic Outlook' before the Prime Minister during the full panel meet, also projected the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2011-12 to reach 9 per cent.

"We project growth of 8 per cent in 2010-11 and nine per cent in 2011-12. This is optimistic but not impossible. If we have normal monsoon in 2010-11, we can expect a strong rebound in agriculture next year," the plan panel paper said.

The panel also said the decline in exports would slow down after 2010 when the developed economies would return to positive growth.

"Exports would also recover as industrialized countries return to positive growth of one per cent in 2010 with further acceleration in 2011", it said.

India's exports are on a down slide since October 2008, due to the global slump in demand. In 2008-09, the country's overseas shipment grew by meagre 3.4 per cent to about USD 168 billion compared to the same period last year.

The GDP data released yesterday showed signs of recovery as Indian economy grew by 6.1 per cent during the first quarter ending June 30 this fiscal against 7.8 per cent in the corresponding period in 2008-09.