Economy to slip on deficient monsoon, swine flu: Economists

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 21:54

New Delhi: The deficient monsoon has further
dampened the growth prospects of India`s economy, already
impacted by the global financial crisis and, now, the latest
import -- swine flu.

"Deficient monsoon is a crisis and the government
recognises it. The GDP growth can be impacted by one
percentage point. It will be 5.5 to 5.7 per cent (in the
current fiscal)," HDFC Bank chief economist Abheek Barua said.

The Indian economy grew by 6.7 per cent in 2008-09.

Economists are concerned over the state of monsoon in the
country. While some are still hopeful of the rains to come,
most of them prefer keeping their fingers crossed over the
next few weeks. Further, to add to the problems, the country
is now grappling with pandemic swine flu.

"A continuation of status quo...will lead to drought/
severe drought year in 2009. Performance of monsoon in the
next few weeks will be very critical," Crisil principal
economist D K Joshi said.

Joshi, too, now sees a downward bias to India`s GDP
projection by the rating agency, which stands at 6 per cent to
6.5 per cent. "This will definitely shave off some part of the
GDP," he said.

Meanwhile, KPMG India associate director Parul Soni said,
"Though there are no India-specific estimates as of now, it
(swine flu) will surely affect tourism, hospitality, aviation,
BPOs and other people-centric companies as they have frequent
travellers," Soni said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 21:54
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