The country's economic growth remained subdued at 4.7 percent in 2013-14 and at 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter of the financial year, Central Statistics Office (CSO) data said. (Agencies)
"The GDP data for 2013-14 present a mixed picture. However, the growth rate for Q1 has been revised upward from 4.4 percent to 4.7 percent and for Q2 from 4.8 percent to 5.2 percent.
"It is therefore possible that the growth rate for the full year may undergo an upward revision. Nevertheless, I am disappointed that we could not achieve a growth rate of 5 percent," Chidambaram said in a statement.
The clear winner, he said, is agriculture and "vindicates the policy measures" taken by the UPA-II government. The performers are electricity and finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors of the economy.
The weak links are "mining" and "manufacturing", he said.
"Many bottlenecks in these two sectors were cleared and I hope that the benefits can be reaped in 2014-15," Chidambaram added.
Referring to fiscal deficit, he expressed happiness that it has been contained at 4.5 percent of the GDP in the last fiscal as against revised estimate of 4.6 percent.
"I sincerely hope that the new government will adhere to the path of fiscal consolidation and reach the target of 3 percent in 2016-17," he added.
The country's economic growth remained subdued at 4.7 percent in 2013-14 and at 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter of the financial year, Central Statistics Office (CSO) data said.