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India needs more stimulus: Montek

The Indian economy needs more stimulus to counter the impact of global economic slowdown.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2009 2:25:42 pm

The Indian economy needs more stimulus in the next fiscal to counter the impact of global economic slowdown,Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said.

“We need a little more stimulus in 2009-10. But there are certain issues which have to be taken up,” Ahluwalia said on the sidelines of a function in Delhi.

About the GDP growth projection by the Planning Commission,Ahluwalia said multiple models have been used to derive the figures and have been suggested to the Prime Minister.

“We have sent a note to the Prime Minister. Planning Commission dosen’t have any projection. What we said to the Prime Minister– we used multiple models to know what is likely to be growth rate next year,” he said.

“There is certain base level of growth which we thought was around 9 per cent. Then you knock off from the growth the affects of shock. Then we add to it the affect of the positive stimuli… So there are different numbers depending on the affects of shock and stimulus measures,” he added.

Earlier,Ahluwalia projected a growth rate slightly less than 7 per cent in the current fiscal and the next fiscal.

“We are likely to get a growth rate less than 7 per cent… between 6.5 and 6.7 per cent in 2008-09,” Ahluwalia had said.

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