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India likely to Grow at 7.5% in FY25: NCAER

Gross domestic product (GDP) growth during 2024-25 (FY25) may turn out to be higher than 7 per cent and even close to 7.5 per cent, with high frequency indicators showing resilience amid growth dynamism in the Indian economy. The monthly economic review released by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCEAR).

India’s real GDP growth for FY25 to 7.2 per cent from 7 per cent.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has raised its projections for India’s real GDP growth for FY25 to 7.2 per cent from 7 per cent. Growth projections have been upgraded by various other agencies as well with the median projection at 6.9 per cent. Global growth projections for 2024 have been revised upward by the IMF, the World Bank as well as other rating agencies. The growth rate is projected to be between 2.6 and 3.2 per cent in 2024.

What does NCAER director general Poonam Gupta say?

On the Indian economy, Poonam Gupta said that with inflation seemingly having peaked, monetary policy is unlikely to be tightened any further. She said, it may be eased during the year. She added “The global environment seems benign as well in the absence of any known global risks so far”. While retail inflation eased to a 12-month low of 4.7 per cent in May, taming food inflation continues to remain a challenge. She said that a broader policy framework may be needed to address this issue. These include building climate-resilient food supply along with a gentle shift towards packaged and preserved foods. This will bridge the periodic supply and demand gap that has become routine.

Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)

Among high-frequency indicators, growth in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for core industries accelerated in April 2024. Bank credit growth remained above 20 per cent despite some deceleration in personal credit growth. And, expectations of ‘above normal’ monsoon, despite deficient rainfall in June held out strongly for the farm sector. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for both manufacturing and services kept the expansionary momentum despite slowing down a bit in May.

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