Mumabi, NFAPost: The output of eight core sectors jumped by 56.1% in April mainly due to low base effect and uptick in production of natural gas, refinery products, steel, cement and electricity, official data released on Monday showed.

The eight infrastructure sectors of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity had contracted by 37.9% in April 2020.

“This high growth rate in April 2021 is largely due to low Index base in April 2020 consequent to the low industrial production across all sectors caused by nationwide lockdown imposed to contain spread of Covid-19 last year,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the commerce and industry ministry data, production of natural gas, refinery products, steel, cement and electricity jumped by 25%, 30.9%, 400%, 548.8% and 38.7% in April, as against (-) 19.9%, (-) 24.2%, (-) 82.8%, (-) 85.2% and (-) 22.9% in April 2020, respectively.

Coal, and fertiliser segments too recorded positive growth during the month under review. However, crude oil output dipped by 2.1% in April as against (-) 6.4% in the same month last year. In March this year, the eight sectors had recorded a growth rate of 11.4%.

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