7.1% GDP estimate erroneous, Indian economy to grow 6.8% in 2016-17, says Icra
These are testing times for the Modi government, though it is fighting against odds in curbing corruption and triggering growth engine of the economy.
The arsenal thrown at government this time has come from domestic rating agency Icra, and not from the Opposition camp.
IANS reported Icra’s claim that advance estimate of 7.1 percent GDP released by Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), will have major errors as it does not include the data for the months after demonetisation.
The agency on Friday pegged the expected growth for 2016-17 lower at 6.8 percent.
The advance estimates released by the CSO of growth in FY2017 are unsurprising, as they draw heavily from the available data for the first half of this fiscal, it said.
“However, Icra expects GDP (gross domestic product) and GVA (gross value added, which excludes taxes and subsidies) growth for FY2017 at 6.8 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively, appreciably lower than the advance estimates,” it said.
The CSO pegged the country`s gross domestic product at 7.1 per cent in 2016-17 compared with 7.6 per cent in 2015-16.
The anticipated growth of real GVA in 2016-17 is 7 per cent against 7.2 per cent in 2015-16, according to CSO estimates.
“The growth in deposits is an outlier, hence November data was not used for the financials,” India`s Chief Statistician T. C. A. Anant had said, implying that demonetisation is not a normal factor in the calculation of annual national income.
Icra said: “Given the unfolding trends, we expect actual FY2017 growth to be lower than the advance estimates for sub-sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, electricity and construction.”
In contrast, the recent uptick in commodity prices may well result in a somewhat improved GVA performance of the mining sector in H2 FY2017 as compared to the year-on-year decline in the first six months of FY2017, the agency added.
“Moreover, the unavailability of corporate filings for third quarter of FY2017 and second advance estimates of rabi output (as opposed to the available data on sowing), are likely to constrain the accuracy of the advance estimates,” the statement said.
While rabi sowing has grown by a healthy 7 percent on a subdued base, activity and incomes related to non-crop agricultural sectors including horticulture and livestock may have been adversely impacted by the liquidity crunch, it added.
-January 7, 2017, New Delhi