New Delhi: In a positive development that could lessen the fears of economic slowdown, the industrial production in key infrastructure areas jumped to 6.8 percent in November after moving at slow pace of mere 0.3 percent in October.

The encouraging performance of the industrial sector will bring cheers to the government as well as the industry. The major constituents of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) --eight infrastructure sectors including cement, electricity and refinery products-- have shown a remarkable growth in November.

However, due to dismal performance in the previous months, the April-November growth of core industries stood at 4.6 percent as against 5.6 percent in the same period last fiscal. Except for crude oil, natural gas and fertilizers, all other segments registered a healthy growth in November.

The maximum growth was witnessed in cement with 16.6 percent expansion followed by electricity that showed 14.1 percent growth.  Last year, cement and electricity output witnessed a contraction of 4.3 percent and 3.5 percent respectively in the same period.

There are signs of improvement in coal and petroleum refinery products. The coal output grew by 4.9 percent against 0.7 percent witnessed during the same period last fiscal.