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Plan panel will stick to 9% GDP growth target in 12th Plan

Press Trust of India / New Delhi 21 Jun 12 | 06:04 PM

Unfazed by sluggish economic growth and persistent global slowdown, the Planning Commission will stick to the 9% growth target for 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17), an official said.

"The Commission will not move any proposal to revise the annual average growth target for 12th Plan when it would present the voluminous five-year long policy document before the National Development Council (NDC) for approval later in the year," a senior Planning Commission official said.

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Dismissing speculation that the Commission may scale down the growth target for the 12th Plan in view of prevailing economic slowdown, he said, it would aim at high target.

"The achievable economic growth in the 12th Plan is 7.8 to 8%. But the Commission suggested to fix the growth target for 12th Plan at 9% which was later approved by the NDC," he added.

Moreover, he said, "the growth targets are always kept higher than achievable numbers. The Commission had set an economic growth target of 9% in 11th Plan (2007-12) despite knowing that 8.2% was feasible."

After the government released the nine-year low dismal economic growth number of 6.5% for 2011-12 and poor industrial growth data for April at 0.1%, speculations were rife that the Commission may downsize its target for the current five year Plan.

Several economists have expressed concern over the feasibility of 9% growth target in 12th Plan in view of the January-March economic growth number which stood at nine-year low of 5.3% and stagnant industrial output in April.

The Commission has set a target of 9% average annual growth target in its Approach to the 12th Plan which was approved by the NDC headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after taking all chief ministers and cabinet ministers on board in October last year.

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