New Delhi, June 10: In a rather disappointing start to this fiscal year, India’s factory output fell 0.8 per cent in April against a marginal growth of 0.30 percent in the month before, official data showed on Friday.(Also Read: India now a ‘lower-middle-income’ economy for World Bank) Also Read - India Records Lowest COVID-19 Deaths in 3 Months; Total Tally Surpasses 7.5 Million | Key Points

As per data on Index of Industrial Production (IIP) released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the fall was mainly on account of a 3.1 percent drop in manufacturing output, which also has the maximum weight in the overall index.  Among the other two major sub-indices, while the one for electricity generation rose a robust 14.6 per cent, that for mining expanded by just 1.4 per cent. Also Read - International Flights: 18 Destinations Where Indians Can Fly to; Countries Where Indians Can't Enter | Check Full List

In the past six months, the general index has taken a drop on four occasions, while growing by a mere 2 per cent in February and 0.3 per cent in March. The last robust growth, which had surprised stakeholders, was in October last year, when the general index rose 9.87 per cent. Also Read - Global Hunger Index 2020: India Ranks 94, Below Pakistan And Bangladesh | Check Full List