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'Growth will be lowest since 1947': Noted Economist Kaushik Basu raises concern about India's economy in FY20

"The government should now focus on major policy initiatives," said former Chief Economist of the World Bank, Kaushik Basu.

August 10, 2020 / 10:03 AM IST

Taking to microblogging platform Twitter, Former Chief Economist of the World Bank, Kaushik Basu, said that it is likely that India's economic growth in 2020-21 will be the lowest since 1947.

"The only parallels to such growth were in colonial times," Basu said.

The Professor of Economics at Cornell University said that divisiveness and lack of trust are hurting investment and job creation in the country.

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"The government should now focus on major policy initiatives," Basu added.

India's economic growth stood at an estimated 4.2 percent in 2019-20. The growth projections for the current year by various global and domestic agencies indicate a sharp contraction of the Indian economy ranging from (-)3.2 percent to (-)9.5 percent.

While the World Bank had projected the Indian economy to contract 3.2 percent, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) pegged it at 4.5 percent and 4 percent respectively. S&P and Fitch have projected a 5 percent contraction, while Nomura said growth would be (-)5.2 percent in 2020-21.

More recently, domestic rating agency ICRA revised its forecast for contraction in the country's GDP in the current fiscal to 9.5 percent from 5 percent earlier, saying continued lockdowns in some states have affected the recovery seen in May and June.

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first published: Aug 10, 2020 10:03 am
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