Leading economists have pegged economic growth at 6.9 per cent for the current fiscal, much lower than the Government projection of 7.75 per cent, as the farm sector is expected to drag down the economy.

Leading economists, in a survey conducted by the industry chamber FICCI, have also broadly opined that the withdrawal of the stimulus measures should happen only in sectors which are showing strong growth.

The survey predicts that agricultural growth would contract by 1 per cent this fiscal, but the industry would grow by 8.5 per cent, and services by 9 per cent.

“Leading economists, drawn mainly from the banking and financial sectors, have forecast the GDP growth for 2009-10 at 6.9 per cent, with agriculture growing at a negative 1 per cent, industry by 8.5 per cent and services by 9 per cent..., said the FICCI Economic Survey Outlook released here on Wednesday.

The survey further said a sudden withdrawal of stimulus would adversely affect the growth trajectory. “The Government may look at withdrawal of stimulus in sectors which are showing good performance. Exports must continue to get support, as the outlook for the global economy is still uncertain,” the survey pointed out.

The GDP growth is projected to come down to 6.8 per cent in the third quarter of this fiscal, against a stunning 7.9 per cent in the second quarter. The economy grew by 6.1 per cent in the first quarter of this fiscal.

However, economic expansion would rebound in the fourth quarter with a 7.5 per cent growth.