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Growth compulsions, fiscal arithmetic -C Rangarajan and DK Srivastava

-The Hindu The economic situation warrants enhanced government expenditure; the policy challenge is to minimise the growth fall India’s growth in the first quarter of 2020-21 at (-) 23.9% showed one of the highest contractions globally. Global growth prospects for 2020 have been projected by a number of multilateral institutions and rating agencies including that for India. The 2020-21 real GDP growth for India is forecast in the range of (-) 5.8%...

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Explained: Forex reserves at all-time high — why did this happen, and what does it mean for India’s economy? -George Mathew and Sandeep Singh

-The Indian Express The current situation stands in stark contrast to the one in 1991, when India had to pledge its gold reserves to stave off a major financial crisis. In March 1991, India had forex reserves of a mere $5.8 billion; today, the country can depend on its soaring foreign exchange reserves to tackle any crisis on the economic front. India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves surged by $3.883 billion to touch...

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Big rural credit push from RBI, start-ups put in priority sector -George Mathew

-The Indian Express Loan limits for renewable energy, health infrastructure doubled The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday brought financing of start-ups under the priority sector lending (PSL) category of the banking sector, proposed more credit flow to districts with lower PSL, and doubled loan limits for renewable energy and health infrastructure “to align it with emerging national priorities and bring sharper focus on inclusive development.” In a bid to address regional...

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Urjit Patel, former Governor of Reserve Bank of India, interviewed by Puja Mehra (The Hindu)

-The Hindu Our macroeconomic problems have created financial sector crisis periodically, says the former Reserve Bank of India Governor. In his first interaction with a journalist after stepping down from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), former Governor Urjit Patel spoke about his new book, Overdraft: Saving The Indian Saver, with Puja Mehra in a conversation on invitation from the Pune International Centre. Edited Excerpts. * What made you decide to write this...

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Consumption shock severe, economic recovery will take longer, poorest hit the hardest: RBI -George Mathew

-The Indian Express “Private consumption has lost its discretionary elements across the board, particularly transport services, hospitality, recreation and cultural activities,” the RBI said in its Annual Report for 2019-20. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday indicated that the economy which is expected to contract for the first time ever, will take “quite some time to mend and regain” the pre-Covid momentum, as the “shock to consumption is severe” and the...

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