India would become $5 trillion economy by 2026-27, says CEA

Chief Economic Adviser V. Anantha Nageswaran said India is relatively better placed than other emerging economies

June 14, 2022 04:14 pm | Updated 04:14 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

Chief Economic Advisor V. Anantha Nageswaran. File.

Chief Economic Advisor V. Anantha Nageswaran. File. | Photo Credit: Bijoy Ghosh

Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) V. Anantha Nageswaran on June 14 said India would become a $5 trillion economy by 2026-27 and $10 trillion by 2033-34.

Addressing an event organised by UNDP India, Mr. Nageswaran said India is relatively better placed than other emerging economies.

"On the face of it, looks optimistic, even ambitious, but if we get to $5 trillion by 2026-27.

"We are now $3.3 trillion, it is not such a difficult target to reach. Then if you simply assume 10% nominal GDP growth in dollar terms, then you get to $10 trillion by 2033-34 and another doubling with the same rate," he said.

In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisioned to make India a $5 trillion economy and global powerhouse by 2024-25.

The CEA said there is a need for climate tagging of the budget.

"GDP is the worst measure of economic activities but for all others. Because everything else you take, comes with their own limitations and serious subjectivity," he noted.

The World Bank has cut India's economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.5% as rising inflation, supply chain disruptions, and geopolitical tensions taper recovery.

India's economy grew 8.7% in the last fiscal (2021-22) against a 6.6% contraction in the previous year.

In its third monetary policy of 2022-23, the Reserve Bank retained its GDP growth forecast at 7.2% for the current fiscal, but cautioned against negative spillovers of geopolitical tensions and a slowdown in the global economy.

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