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New Delhi: An uptick in manufacturing pushed up India’s factory output to 4.1 percent in April, against 2.1 percent in the month before.

Further, among the six sectoral indices, capital goods expanded by 11.1 percent, as per official data released Friday.

The factory output had grown at a slower pace of 2.1 percent in March from 5 percent in February. The factory output had stood at 3.7 percent in April, 2014.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which released the data on the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), the healthy growth in the factory output for April was attributed to an uptick in the manufacturing sector.

The manufacturing sector, which has the maximum weightage in the IIP, grew by 5.1 percent in the month under review from 2.2 percent in March.

For the other two major sub-indices of the IIP, the CSO data showed that the index for the mining sector inched by 0.6 percent against 0.9 percent in March, while that for electricity segment was down 0.5 percent in April, against a growth of 2 percent in the month before.

The three sub-indices of the IIP namely manufacturing, mining and electricity, had registered a growth of 3 percent, 1.7 percent and 11.9 percent in April, 2014 respectively.

Friday’s data also showed that among the six use-based classifications of the index, the output of capital goods expanded by 11.1 percent. The capital goods segment is a key indicator of economic activity.

While consumer non-durables, intermediate goods, consumer goods and basic goods also came out with healthy performance. These sectors grew by 4.4 percent, 3.3 percent, 3.1 percent and 2.8 percent respectively.

The consumer durables segment expanded by just 1.3 percent in April.

Overall, 16 out of the 22 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during the month under review.

Segment-wise, growth was witnessed in plastic moulding machinery (266.4 percent), aluminium conductor (92 percent), cashew karnels (52.4 percent), vitamins (48.3 percent), boilers (40.3 percent), air conditioner (34.4 percent), copper products (33.4 percent), tea (33.2 percent), carbon steel (32.5 percent), block board (26.3 percent), three-wheelers (24 percent) and sugar (22.9 percent).

Segment-wise, high negative growth was reported in cigarettes (- 52.8 percent), grinding wheels (- 46.5 percent), computers (- 46.4 percent), telephone instruments including mobile phones and accessories(-43 percent), cement machinery (- 38.9 percent), tractors (- 35.2 percent), aviation turbine fuel (- 29.3 percent) and aerated waters, soft drinks (- 23.5 percent). (IANS)

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Big reforms made India fastest growing major economies globally: Garg

It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries

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The major reforms undertaken by the Indian government for raising economic growth and maintaining macroeconomic stability have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, said Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

Indian economy needs big reform.

He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

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While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS

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