Goldman Sachs halves India’s FY21 GDP growth to 1.6%

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The outlook for the Indian economy looks bleak as the Goldman Sachs has revised its forecast for the country’s real GDP growth rate for the financial year 2020-21 to 1.6 per cent.
In a report, it said that with the spread of the pandemic and the eventual lockdown have resulted in a significant contraction in economic activity.
The outlook has been revised downwards from the previous forecast of 3.3 per cent.
“The 1.6 per cent growth for FY21 would be deeper compared to widely perceived ‘recessions’ India experienced in the 1970s, 1980s, and in 2009. Notably, the global COVID-19 crisis — or more precisely, the response to that crisis — represents a physical (as opposed to purely financial) constraint on economic activity that is unprecedented in postwar history,” it said.
It said that despite the policy support provided so far the nation-wide shutdown, and rising public anxiety about the virus are likely to lead to a sharp deterioration in economic activity in March, and in the next quarter.
The report, however, said that a strong sequential recovery in the second half of the fiscal year is expected based on three assumptions.
First, the 3-week nationwide lockdown, which is expected to be removed only in a staggered fashion, and social distancing measures reduce new infections over the next 4-6 weeks. Second, while the fiscal easing so far has been limited, the expectation is for further fiscal stimulus by the Centr and the states.
“Third, we expect the RBI to continue with its monetary easing policy, along with liquidity infusion measures. While more forceful policy support could present some upside risk, the recovery could further be delayed if the pandemic is not brought under control globally and domestically over the next few months,” it added.

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