Plan panel may cut 12th Plan target to 7%

IIP data and export figures to be considered

Plan panel may cut 12th Plan  target to 7%

In view of continued economic slowdown, Planning Commission may reset annual average growth rate target to 7 per cent for the 12th Plan (2012-17) in the mid-term review of the five-year policy document.

According to sources, the Commission has already started the process of mid-term review of the 12th Five Year Plan and is considering reducing the target as it may not be possible to achieve the targeted 8 per cent growth in view of global and domestic factors.

The Commission will take into account the key data on industrial production and exports released by the government on Friday to arrive at a conclusion.

In a clear signal that Indian economy is not out of woods, the data revealed contraction in industrial production and exports coupled with near double digit retail inflation.

While the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) contracted by 1.6 per cent in May, the lowest factory output in 11 months, the trade figures suggest 4.6 per cent decline in exports in June. The retail inflation inched up to 9.87 per cent in June mainly due to rise in vegetable and fruit prices.

As per the CSO’s estimates, the Indian economy grew at decade low rate of 5 per cent in the 2012-13, the first year of 12th Five year Plan.

According to experts, if the economy expands at around 6 per cent in the current fiscal then it would have to grow by 9.66 per cent in the remaining three years of the 12th Plan which seems unfeasible.

They said that annual average economic growth rate target of 7 per cent in the 12th Plan is likely as average growth of 8 per cent per annum in the remaining three years of the policy period could be possible.

The Commission has earlier also scaled down the annual average growth rate of 9 per cent envisaged in the 11th Plan (2007-12) to 8.1 per cent in view of the global economic meltdown that began in 2008.

According to official estimates, India achieved an economic growth rate of around 8 per cent during the 11th Five Year Plan period.

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