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India Ratings cuts 2019-20 GDP growth forecast to 5.6 Percent

India Ratings cuts 2019-20 GDP growth forecast to 5.6 Percent

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 Nov 2019 1:34 PM GMT

New Delhi: India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has revised its 2019-20 India GDP growth forecast downwards to 5.6 percent from an earlier estimate of 6.1 percent.

The agency in a report also said new projections suggest that that GDP growth in the second quarter (2Q) of the current fiscal is likely to be 4.7 percent.

“This revision became inevitable as high-frequency data now suggests that the agency’s estimate of 2QFY20 GDP growth coming in a little higher than 5 percent is unlikely to hold,” Ind-Ra said in a statement.

“The new projection suggests that 2QFY20 GDP growth is likely to be 4.7 percent. Despite the favourable base effect, declining growth momentum suggests that even the 2H (second half)FY20 will now be weaker than previously forecasted and is likely to come in at 6.2 percent.”

The agency further noted that even a 5.6 percent GDP growth will require “heavy lifting by the government”.

“Although government expenditure did not witness much traction in 1QFY20 due to parliamentary elections, it picked up significantly in 2QFY20,” the statement said.

“Combined capital and consumption expenditure of Central and 20 state governments in 2QFY20 grew 37.8 percent and 20.1 percent respectively, and Ind-Ra expects it to continue in 2HFY20 leading to Central government’s fiscal deficit coming in at 3.6 percent of GDP.” (IANS)

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