India fastest growing economy despite global slowdown: CEA

India fastest growing economy despite global slowdown: CEA
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India has emerged as the world\'s fastest growing economy notwithstanding global demand slowdown and four droughts, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said Friday.

New Delhi: India has emerged as the world's fastest growing economy notwithstanding global demand slowdown and four droughts, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said Friday.

In a series of tweets, he said there has been improvement in quality of spending toward capital and agriculture, fiscal consolidation at central and state levels and improvement in indirect tax efficiency.

"Despite declining global demand & 4 droughts, (India has emerged as) fastest growing economy," he said in one of the tweets. He also said the commentary on Mid-Year Economic Analysis, presented in Parliament last month, has focused on challenges. India had outpaced China as the world's fastest growing economy in 2015.

Earlier in the day, Congress slammed the government for failure on economic front. Addressing a press conference, senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said for the whole of 2015-16, GDP growth is not likely to be higher than 7 to 7.3 percent, which means that it will be the same as, or lower than, in 2014-15.
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