This GDP growth data is the lowest since January-March of 2012-13, when it was registered at 4.3 per cent.
While the opposition slammed the state of economy, the government said there would be positive changes in the economy from the third quarter.
Reacting to the GDP numbers, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the state of economy is deeply worrying.
“GDP figures released today are as low as 4.5 per cent. This is clearly unacceptable. Aspiration of our country is to grow at 8-9 per cent. Sharp decline of GDP from 5 per cent in Q1 to 4.5 per cent in Q2 is worrisome. Mere changes in economic policies will not help revive the economy,” Manmohan said.
“We need to change current climate in our society from one of fear to one of confidence for our economy to start growing at 8 per cent per annum. State of economy is a reflection of state of its society. Our social fabric of trust and confidence is now torn and ruptured,” the former PM added.
The government countered opposition criticism and stated that the GDP growth is expected to pick up from 3rd quarter of FY 2019-20.
“We take note of announcement of the rate of GDP growth. The fundamentals of Indian Economy remain strong. GDP growth is expected to pick up from 3rd quarter of FY 2019-20,” the finance ministry tweeted quoting department of economic affairs secretary Atanu Chakraborty.
We take note of announcement of the rate of GDP growth . The fundamentals of Indian Economy remain strong . GDP gro… https://t.co/95fxYk60Jh
— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) 1575034224000
He also said that IMF has projected India’s GDP growth at 6.1 per cent in FY 2019-20 and 7 per cent in FY 2020-21 in it’s October, 2019 report on World Economic Outlook.
The growth dragged mainly by deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity. According to the data released by National Statistical Office (NSO), the gross value added (GVA) growth in the manufacturing sector contracted by 1 per cent in the second quarter of this fiscal from 6.9 per cent expansion a year ago.
Similarly, farm sector GVA growth remained subdued at 2.1 per cent, down from 4.9 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.
Here are some more reactions on the falling GDP numbers:
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala slammed the Centre and stated that “India’s GDP has collapsed to an abysmal 4.5 per cent. We are in a virtual free-fall. This is the lowest GDP quarter in 6 years.”
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien took potshots at finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the sliding numbers and wrote on Twitter: “Lowest GDP growth in 26 quarters! No answers from FM. No wonder, full Opposition walked out of Rajya Sabha 40 minutes into the FM’s speech this week. And ministers dozed off in their seats.”
Lowest GDP growth in 26 quarters! No answers from FM. No wonder, full Opposition walked out of Rajya Sabha 40 minut… https://t.co/QHUA7QA1ve
— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) 1575030441000
(With agency inputs)