India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will remain muted in financial year 2019-20, as per government data. The Indian government has lowered the growth forecast for the current financial year to 5 percent from earlier estimates of 7 percent.
According to the estimates released by the Indian government on Tuesday, the GDP growth for 2019-20 is lower compared with 6.8 percent in 2018-19.
The estimates paint a gloomy picture of manufacturing and construction, the two key sectors of the Indian economy.
Manufacturing is estimated to grow 2 percent in 2019-20 against 6.9% in 2018-19. Construction in 2019-20 is expected to see 3.2 percent growth as compared with 8.7 percent in 2018-19.
Experts blame lackluster manufacturing for the low estimates. “Slowdown in India's manufacturing sector in first half of financial year 2019-20 has resulted in reducing growth,” said Rahul Gupta, Head of Research-Currency, Emkay Global Financial Services.