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FM sees 4.7% GDP growth as 'steadiness' in economy
FM sees 4.7% GDP growth as 'steadiness' in economy

Mumbai, Feb 28 (TIWN) Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday termed the 4.7 per cent GDP growth of Q3 as "steadiness" in the economy and a good sign, soon after the official figures for the December quarter were released.

She also made it clear that she was not expecting a jump in the number, nor a decline.  The Finance Minister was speaking at an award function of a private TV channel.  The GDP growth was at 5.6 per cent in the same period of the last fiscal and the current Q3 figure of 4.7 per cent is a seven year low GDP growth rate.  On the impact of coronavirus on the economy, Sitharaman sought to allay any fears saying there is no need to immediately press the "panic button", but things could get challenging if the issues prolong for another two or three weeks, citing feedback from the pharmaceutical and electronic industries, which depend heavily on imports of raw material from China.  The industry has suggested airlifting of essential items and the government may consider the same, the minister said.  While the logistics for airlifting like aggregating the goods have to be done by the industry itself, she assured help from the government through the consular staff.

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