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Eco Affairs Secy Garg attributes Q4 GDP slowdown at 5.8 pc to NBFC crisis


Press Trust of India New Delhi
Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg Friday said the slow down in India's GDP in fourth quarter of the fiscal ended March 2019 was due to temporary factors, and it will pick up going forward.
"Slow down in the fourth quarter (of 2018-19) GDP was due to temporary factors like stress in NBFC sector affecting consumption finance. First quarter of current fiscal (2019-20) would also witness relatively slow growth and from second quarter onward it will pick up," Garg told reporters here.
Garg, who also holds the charge as Finance Secretary, said that capital investment, including private investment, is expected to pick up.
Data from Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that India's economic growth rate slowed to five-year low of 5.8 per cent during January-March quarter of 2018-19.
The growth rate of the economy has weakened mainly due to poor performance in the farm sector as well as in the manufacturing sector.

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First Published: May 31 2019 | 7:20 PM IST

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