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India\'s finance minister sees 5.5% quarterly growth

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Arab Today, arab today India\'s finance minister sees 5.5% quarterly growth

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India\'s economy logged around 5.5 percent growth in the last financial quarter, the finance minister estimated yesterday — a rate that could boost calls for lower interest rates to spur activity. India\'s once-booming economy has been hit by high interest rates, Europe\'s debt crisis that has slowed exports, and sluggish investment caused by domestic and overseas concerns about policy and corruption. Chidambaram said in televised remarks in the western Indian city of Pune that he expected official data to be released next Friday to show that the economy grew by \"around 5.5 percent\" in the three months to Sept. 30. That would be down from 6.9 percent in the same second-quarter period a year earlier. \"It goes without saying that we face a difficult situation,\" Chidambaram said at a bankers\' conference, adding the \"global economy is still in crisis\". India\'s economy was growing by more than eight percent before 2011-12. But it has been performing increasingly worse with the Congress-led government of Prime Minister Manmohan widely criticized for its handling of the situation. Even though 5.5-percent growth would be the envy of much of the world, it is not enough for India, which has been aiming for close to double-digit expansion to substantially reduce crushing poverty. \"For us eight percent growth is not an aspiration but a necessity. India cannot afford to grow below eight percent,\" Chidambaram said. The slow growth comes at a time when it is more difficult for the Indian government to pep up the economy than in the 2008-09 financial crisis. Then, the government had more fiscal room to stimulate the economy but now it is struggling to cut a widening budget deficit and avert a downgrade of its sovereign debt to \"junk\" status by global credit ratings agencies. In addition, the central bank has been keeping interest rates high to combat stubbornly high inflation. Inflation eased marginally in October to 7.45 percent year-on-year, but economists said the level is still too high to permit the bank to lower rates. Indian businesses have been calling for lower rates, saying the slowdown is in large part due to high borrowing costs that have curbed consumer spending. Chidambaram said India must boost growth \"through innovation, through finding ways of increasing the production of goods and services\". The government recently introduced a blitz of liberalization measures to spur the economy — including opening the door wider for foreign investors in the retail and aviation sectors. But the pro-market reforms have stirred huge political controversy, paralyzing Parliament which resumed sitting on Thursday. Opponents have billed the measures as anti-poor, saying they pander to large foreign corporations, and have demanded they be submitted to parliament for discussion. The weak growth comes as the government, which has also been buffeted by a slew of corruption scandals, gears up for elections due in less than 18 months.

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