New Delhi: India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted 7.3% in 2020-21, as per provisional National Income estimates released by the National Statistical Office, marginally better than the 8% contraction in the economy projected earlier.
GDP growth in 2019-20, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, was 4%.
The fourth quarter of 2020-21 recorded a growth of 1.6% in GDP, the second quarter of positive growth, after the country had entered a technical recession in the first half of the year. The Gross Value Added recorded 3.7% growth in Q4, compared to 1% in Q3.
GVA had contracted 22.4% and 7.3% in the first and second quarters of 2020-21.
The GVA in India's economy shrank 6.2% in 2020-21, compared to a 4.1% rise in the previous year.
Only two sectors bucked the trend of negative GVA growth - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (which rose 3.6%) and Electricity, Gas, Water Supply and other Utility Services (up 1.9%).