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 onthe track of the double digit growth," he had said.
The so-called big bang of economic reforms announced since August has helped to lift corporate confidence and should translate into better spending and capital expenditures from mid-2013, it said.
Risks around the economy, particularly the fiscal and current account deficits, have begun to recede. The WPI inflation has moderated to 6.62 per cent in January, after remaining close to double digit in most part of 2012. Besides, the current account deficit (CAD), which is the difference between the inflow and outflow of foreign currency, has peaked to 5.4 per cent in July-September quarter.
The report further said gains in financial markets reflect rising expectations around the economy as well as lower risk.
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