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NEW DELHI: The Indian economy is estimated to grow by 7.3 per cent in the 2023-24 fiscal against 7.2 per cent a year ago, mainly due to good show by mining and quarrying, manufacturing and certain segments of services sectors.

As per the first advance estimates of national income released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Friday, the manufacturing sector output is estimated to grow to 6.5 per cent in the current fiscal compared to 1.3 per cent in 2022-23.

Similarly, mining sector growth is estimated at 8.1 per cent in the current fiscal against 4.1 per cent in 2022-23.

Financial services, real estate and professional services are estimated to record a growth of 8.9 per cent this fiscal compared to 7.1 per cent in FY23.

“Real GDP or GDP at Constant (2011-12) Prices in the year 2023-24 is estimated to attain a level of Rs 171.79 lakh crore, as against the Provisional Estimate of GDP for the year 2022-23 of Rs 160.06 lakh crore, released on 31st May 2023,” an NSO statement said.

Commenting on the numbers, the finance ministry, in a post on X, said the first advance estimates of FY24 show no let-up in growth momentum in the economy.

“Resilience and strength of the economy underpinned by reforms of the last nine years have laid the foundations for the economy to sustain a healthy growth rate in the coming years,” it said.

According to the statement, the growth in real GDP during 2023-24 is estimated at 7.3 per cent compared to 7.2 per cent in 2022-23.

The NSO estimates are higher than the 7 per cent GDP growth projection of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the current fiscal.

It also said that nominal GDP or GDP at Current Prices in the year 2023-24 is estimated at Rs 296.58 lakh crore against the provisional estimate of GDP for the year 2022-23 of Rs 272.41 lakh crore. The growth in nominal GDP during 2023-24 is estimated at 8.9 per cent compared to 16.1 per cent in 2022-23.

The size of the economy, as per the current estimates, is slated to be at Rs 296.58 lakh crore or USD 3.57 trillion (@ Rs 83/USD) during 2023-24. The agriculture sector is projected to see a growth of 1.8 per cent this fiscal, lower than the four per cent expansion recorded in the previous financial year.

Trade, hotel, transport, communication and services related to the broadcasting segment are estimated to grow at 6.3 per cent, down from 14 per cent in 2022-23. The construction sector is likely to grow at 10.7 per cent year-on-year from 10 per cent in the current fiscal.

Similarly, public administration, defence and other services growth is estimated to grow by 7.7 per cent this fiscal against 7.2 per cent in FY23.

The growth in gross value added (GVA) at basic prices is pegged at 6.9 per cent this fiscal, down from 7 per cent in 2022-23. SBI, in a research report, said the expenditure side trends are largely dictated by the trends in the nominal GVA, which has slowed down quite sharply.

“The nominal GVA registered a growth of 8 per cent, a decline by 7.4 per cent from the previous year. The sluggishness in GVA directly impacts demand. Consequently, private consumption therefore is expected to slow down. The real private consumption growth is estimated at 4.4 per cent in FY24, down from 7.5 per cent in FY23,” it said.

The Gross Fixed Capital Formation remains the only stable head under expenditures, which is estimated to grow at 10.3 per cent.

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