Economy will grow by 8.25-8.75 per cent this fiscal and will return to an average growth rate of 9 per cent soon, but food prices continue to drive inflation, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said today.
Stating that gross tax revenue has grown at a robust pace so far in the current fiscal and proceeds from the spectrum sale as also disinvestment would help fill the fiscal deficit, Mr. Mukherjee said that economic growth would exceed 9 per cent in near future.
The auction of 3G and broadband spectrum and disinvestment proceed would help meet the fiscal deficit target, Mr. Mukherjee said at the annual Economic Editors Conference here.
The gross tax revenue grew by 27.3 per cent so far this fiscal as opposed to negative growth rate in the same period last fiscal, he added.
For the current fiscal, he pegged the economic growth at 8.25-8.75 per cent.
On inflation, the Finance Minister said that food prices were the main driver, while he also expressed concerns on rising rupee having implications on the country’s exports.
He said that strong domestic demand and robust investment climate had led to surge in capital inflow.