The Index of eight core industries was up 8% in June 2022 from the pre-pandemic level of June 2019, indicating a recovery in infrastructure sectors and a pickup in the economy. The index measures the output of eight industries — coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement, and electricity. All sectors except crude oil showed growth in production in June, with coal output rising 31.1% from a year ago.
Electricity generation was up 15.5% in June, refinery products output grew 15.1% while fertiliser production rose 8.2% in the month from a year earlier. Production of cement rose 19.4%, steel was up 3.3%, and natural gas 1.2%. Crude oil output declined 1.7% from a year earlier.
“Even if compared against June 2019, which was pre-pandemic, growth was impressive at 8%. The performance however was not broad-based,” said chief economist Madan Sabnavis. The pickup meant that demand for power increased and coal production kept pace, he said.
Core sector output in the June quarter was up 13.7% from the year-ago period. “Encouraging performance in the eight core sectors continued in June, supported by the low base of last year,” said Rajani Sinha, chief economist,
. “Going forward, a pickup in investment demand should aid in the core sector gathering further momentum.”