New Delhi: India’s economic growth is “much weaker” than expected, the IMF said on Thursday, attributing the reasons to corporate and environmental regulatory uncertainty and lingering weaknesses in some non-bank financial companies.Also Read - There should be gross domestic happiness too: Ex-president Mukherjee
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in July projected a slower growth rate for India in 2019 and 2020, a downward revision of 0.3 per cent for both the years, saying its GDP will now grow respectively at the rate of 7 and 7.2 per cent reflecting a weaker-than-expected outlook for domestic demand. Also Read - Current account deficit narrows to 1.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product in Quarter 1
However, India will still be the fastest-growing major economy of the world and much ahead of China, the Washington-based global financial institution had said.
“We will have a fresh set of numbers coming up but the recent economic growth in India is much weaker than expected, mainly due to corporate and environmental regulatory uncertainty and lingering weakness in some non-bank financial companies,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters at a news conference here on Thursday.
The risks to the outlook are tilted to the downside, he added.
Responding to a question on the recent GDP figures of India, Rice said the IMF will monitor the economic situation in India. “We will update that assessment in the upcoming world economic outlook,” he said.
Sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity pulled down India’s GDP growth to over 6-year low of per cent in the April-June quarter of 2019-20, according to official data released last month.
The previous low in GDP growth was recorded at 4.3 per cent in the January-March quarter of 2012-13. India’s economic growth stood at 8 per cent in the same quarter of 2018-19.
“The GDP at constant (2011-12) prices in Q1 of 2019-20 is estimated at Rs 35.85 lakh crore, as against Rs 34.14 lakh crore in Q1 of 2018-19, showing a growth rate of 5 per cent”, the National Statistical Office (NSO) said in a statement.
“We will update that assessment in the upcoming world economic outlook,” IMF spokesperson said.