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New Delhi, July 31, 2020
The production rate of India's eight core industries remained deep in the red in June 2020, official data showed on Friday.
However, the rate of fall in the Index of Eight Core Industries decelerated on a sequential basis on account of opening up of economic activities.
On a sequential basis, the Index of Eight Core Industries for June declined by 15 per cent (provisional) compared to decline of 22 per cent (revised) during the previous month (May).
Though not comparable, the ECI index had shown a growth of 1.2 per cent in June 2019.
In a statement, the Office of Economic Adviser, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, said: "Its cumulative growth during April to June 2020-21 was (-)24.6 per cent."
"Final growth rate of Index of Eight Core Industries for March 2020 is revised at (-) 8.6 per cent."
The eight core industries comprise coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement, and electricity. The ECI comprises over 40 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).