New Delhi: India is aiming to return to the 9 percent annual gross domestic product growth rate, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday.
"...It is my ambition that our country should work together—employers and workers representatives--to achieve a growth rate of at least 9 percent," Singh said addressing a labour conference here.
"With that growth, we can hope to get rid of the chronic curse of poverty, ignorance and disease which still, I believe, afflicts millions and millions of our people," he said.
GDP growth in India, which was over 9 percent for three consecutive years between 2005-06 and 2007-08, slowed down following the global financial crisis.
According to the Central Statistics Office, the economy is projected to grow 6.9 percent in the current financial year ending March, compared with 8.4 percent last year.