India Inc disappointed over poor IIP shows, wants rate cut

India Inc disappointed over poor IIP shows, wants rate cut New Delhi: Expressing disappointment over poor show by industrial production in September, India Inc today pressed for rate cut by the RBI to boost production and further revive the economic growth.

Industry chamber CII said the Reserve Bank should intervene and cut interest rates. The RBI needs to reduce repo rate (short-term lending rate) by 0.5 percent and Cash Reserve Ratio (the portion of deposits banks are required to keep with RBI) by 0.5 percent.

"While fully appreciating the imperative of anchoring inflation, it is our view that RBI now needs to intervene and reduce interest rates, since a complete sacrifice of growth is not in the interest of the economy," CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said.

Sharing similar views, Ficci President R V Kanoria said, it hopes RBI will relook at its monetary policy in the light of latest Index of Industrial Production (IIP) figures and reduce interest rates.

Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat also said that the RBI needs to take a constructive view while announcing the next credit policy.

The RBI has refrained from cutting interest rate fearing that it could fuel inflation. The central bank is scheduled to come out with next mid-quarter policy on December 18.

Industrial production contracted by 0.4 percent in September on account of dismal performance by manufacturing and capital goods sectors.

The industrial output growth rate turned negative in September after showing 2.3 percent growth in the previous month. The IIP was 2.5 percent in corresponding month last year.

The country's economic growth rate during the first quarter of the current fiscal was 5.5 percent.

Recently, RBI in its half yearly review of the monetary policy had sharply lowered this fiscal's economic growth projection to 5.8 percent, from 6.5 percent estimated earlier. This was done in the view of global and domestic factors like poor investments and subdued demand.

Further, Assocham said, the continued negative growth of the manufacturing sector has got wider implications and needs to be addressed on a priority basis.

The IIP data suggests that output of manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 percent of the index, contracted by 1.5 percent in September, as against a growth of 3.1 percent in the same month last year.

Calling for faster implementation of pending reforms like GST, Ficci said at this juncture, it is important that the government does not lose momentum on reforms front.

Besides, Assocham said it has been urging the policy makers to announce special incentives for investors in manufacturing capacities and improving credit availability, among other things.

PTI