Panagariya: Demonetisation impact over, results in Q1

RSTV Bureau
ITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya addresses a press conference after the Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog in New Delhi on Sunday. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is also seen.

File: NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya addressesing a press conference after the Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog in New Delhi. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is also seen.

The impact of demonetisation on the Indian economy is over and a turnaround will be seen in the first quarter of the current fiscal, NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya said on Friday.

He also said the once ‘fragile economy’ is on an upturn over the last three years and a sustained growth of 8 per cent will now be possible within a few years.

“We are pretty much out of woods as far as demonetisation is concerned… We should see a good turnaround in Q1 of 2017-18,” the former Columbia University economics professor said at a press conference.

Panagariya’s comments soon after China overtakes India as the fastest growing economy as India’s GDP growth rate slipped to 6.1 per cent in the January-March quarter of last fiscal. China, in contrast, recorded 6.9 per cent growth.

On November 9, 2016, the government had demonetised higher value currency which wiped off about 87 per cent of notes in circulation, leading to a severe cash crunch and disruption in the economic activities.

Panagariya further said: “Modi government had inherited a rather fragile economy. We will grow at 7.5 per cent in the current year and before present term of the government ends, I would expect we would touch 8 per cent mark and probably enter another sustained growth trajectory of 8 per cent plus by the time government completes its term.”

India’s growth slipped to 3-year low of 7.1 per cent in 2016-17 on account of poor performance of manufacturing and services sectors.

The GDP growth was at 8 per cent in 2015-16 and 7.5 per cent in the previous year.

Describing Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Act as some of the biggest reforms the Modi government has undertaken, Panagariya said infrastructure sector has received impetus during 2016-17.

(With inputs from PTI)