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Growth slump 'a temporary downturn', says Manmohan Singh

First published: April 3, 2013, 11:18 AM IST | Updated: April 3, 2013
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Growth slump 'a temporary downturn', says Manmohan Singh
India's economy grew around 5 per cent in the financial year ended on March 31, the slowest pace in a decade.

New Delhi: The Indian economy is facing a temporary downturn, and average rates of economic growth above 8 per cent are possible in the medium term, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a gathering of the nation's top businessmen on Wednesday.

India's economy, hit by the global slowdown and stubbornly high inflation, probably grew around 5 per cent in the financial year ended on March 31, the slowest pace in a decade and a far cry from a near double-digit growth seen in the early 2000s.

The government is hopeful of a better performance in the new fiscal year and has pegged the annual economic growth to be as high as 6.7 per cent.

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