GDP will be less if env impact is considered: Jairam

New Delhi: The country`s nine per cent growth story today came in for questioning from Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh who contended that if the impact on ecology had been taken into consideration, the growth would have been only around six per cent.

He said from 2015 onwards the impact of ecology would be part of calculations to judge the economic growth.

"If you are reporting a 9 per cent GDP growth…the real GDP growth in terms of accounting for ecological degradation, loss of natural resources, loss of bio-diversity would probably be somewhere closer to five and half to six per cent," Ramesh said.

He was addressing the `Stakeholders Consultations on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in India` here.