PM Manmohan Singh on Monday said despite economic recession and the difficult situation in western countries, India's growth rate would be maintained at around 7.5% in 2008-09.

'The last quarter's report of the current financial year has indicated that India recorded 7.6% growth,' Prime Minister said. 'Economic crisis was looming all over the world due to the recession that started in the US and Europe, and India was not an exception to it,' the PM said, adding 'we are not untouched by (the) economic crisis'.

The Times of India