Moody's warns India, says double digit growth sans reforms 'dangerous'
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Moody's has cautioned the government against targeting double-digit GDP expansion saying any growth beyond 7 per cent without reforms will fuel inflation that will result in "more painful" future adjustments.
"Some government policymakers, most notably RBI Governor D Subbarao, have begun pushing for a return to double-digit growth. This is wildly optimistic and, without significant structural reform, a dangerous view to take," Moody's Analytics, an arm of ratings agency Moody's, said.
Subbarao had earlier this week said a growth rate of 5-6 per cent is not sufficient for the economy, which has the potential to grow at double digit rate provided some issues are addressed. "If we do the right things, we can get back on the track of the double digit growth," he had said.
Moody's said the pursuit of double-digit GDP growth three years ago "kept policy settings too loose for too long, causing the economy to overheat" and contributing to the current problems of inflation and the current account deficit.
"Policymakers should end any pretense that the economy can grow at 10 per cent without fanning inflation it simply cannot," it said.
Indian economy is estimated to grow at 5 per cent in 2012-13 and the Finance Ministry expects the growth to rebound to 6.1-6.7 per cent in next fiscal.
"Anything above 7 per cent (GDP growth) will lift inflation and result in a more painful future adjustment," Moody's said.
Moody's in its India outlook report said the economy would grow by 6.2 per cent in 2013, from 5.1 per cent in 2012.
According to the report, the global environment has stabilised in recent months, with Europe muddling through and most of the US data looking better. The biggest change, however, is that the government is now on a steady path of fiscal and regulatory reform and better governance.
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