Mar 08, 2016 09:25 PM IST | Source: PTI

Economic growth improving in India: Jaitley

Meanwhile, to a question on central assistance for area specific development programme, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said funds allocated to states according to the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission are "far more" than earlier allocations.

The economic growth rate is expected to increase to 7.6 percent in 2015-16, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. The growth rate (GDP at constant market prices) increased from 6.6 percent in 2013-14 percent to 7.2 percent in 2014-15. "(It) is estimated to have further increased to 7.6 percent in 2015-16 (Advance Estimates), indicating that economic growth has been improving in India," he said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

He was asked about "the position" of revival the Indian economy from the world-wide economic recession as on date. Jaitley further said that as per the information available from the International Monetary Fund, the global output growth remained positive, although it has been projected to have declined from 3.4 pe cent in 2014 to 3.1 percent in 2015. The Finance Minister said government has taken various initiatives to boost the growth of the economy, and industrial growth in particular.

Meanwhile, to a question on central assistance for area specific development programme, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said funds allocated to states according to the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission are "far more" than earlier allocations. Replying to a supplementary question, he said on "net-net" basis also states have got more under the 14th Finance Commission. He said flexibility has been given to states to spend the funds.

The government also said that consequent to recommendation of the Commission for increase in state's shares in divisible pool of Union taxes from 32 percent 42 percent, Central Assistance to State Plans, including Backward Region Grand Fund has been subsumed in overall enhanced devolution to the states from fiscal 2015-16. 

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