Economy picking up at last
A rise in GDP growth rate points to the fact that the impact of demonetisation and GST is finally wearing off; but are we out of the woods yet?
The much-awaited second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures were released last week. It must have come as a relief to the Modi government that economic growth is finally on the upswing. After five successive quarters of decline, growth inched up to 6.3 percent in the July-September quarter after hitting rock bottom at 5.7 percent in the previous quarter. There was a mild sentiment of euphoria over this turnaround, but it is instructive to point out that even the worst quarter after the 2008 recession took India to a low of 6.9 percent. Clearly, we've left the last decade far behind.