In a significant boost to Harish Rawat-led Congress government, an Assochan study has said that Uttarakhand had emerged as the top state in the country in terms of growth in the industry and service sectors in the last ten years.
The study which covers a period of ten years from 2004-05 to 2014-15 said Uttarakhand has emerged at the top by clocking the highest compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.5 per cent and 12.3 per cent in industry and services sectors during the period among states across India.
The state, one of the smallest in the country, also did much better than the national average growth of about 7 per cent during the period, it said.
“Uttarakhand has registered remarkable economic growth and industrial development as the state has recorded CAGR of over 12 per cent during the afore-mentioned period which is the highest among major states in India,” claimed the study titled “Uttarakhand On Expressway To Growth”.
“Uttarakhand’s contribution to India’s economy has also marginally increased from just about 0.8 per cent in 2004-2005 to 1.2 per cent in 2013-14, Assocham National Secretary General D S Rawat said after releasing the document.
Services sector which includes hospitality and tourism, hotels and restaurants, transport, storage, communication, banking and finance and other such activities accounted for 51 per cent share in gross state domestic product (GSDP) in 2014-15 thereby increasing from 49.5 per cent in 2004-05, he said.
“Tourism and hospitality being a major segment under the services sector in Uttarakhand and also the mainstay of its economy, it is heartening to note that domestic and foreign tourists, arrival in the state has picked up after it was hit by massive floods and landslides in June 2013, mostly due to swift action by the state government,” said Babu Lal Jain who heads Assocham’s Uttarakhand Development Task Force which carried out the study.