Indian economy likely to grow by 6.7% in 2013-14: Ficci

Indian economy

Indian economy is expected to grow at a rate of 6.7 per cent in the 2013-14 on account of expectations of cut in the key policy rates by the RBI which may have a positive impact on industrial growth and consumption, a Ficci survey today said.

The chamber has revised its growth forecast upwards from 6.5 per cent to 6.7 per cent for the 2013-14 fiscal.

"This improvement is largely based on the expectation of a possible cut in the policy rates which is expected to have positive impact on industrial growth and consumption," Ficci's Economic Outlook Survey said.

"The revival in sentiment reflects cautious optimism and is an indication of improved sentiment post September 2012 mainly due to the government's renewed thrust to the reforms agenda", Ficci President Naina Lal Kidwai said in a statement.

It said India Inc is expecting a repo rate and CRR cut of 0.25-0.50 per cent each in the forthcoming review of the monetary policy scheduled on January 29.

A majority also felt that a reduction of 0.75 to 1 per cent in repo rate through FY'14 is more likely. This is critical for revival of growth, it said.

"The possibility of the RBI cutting rates will provide industry a fresh dose of oxygen and along with the expected US recovery, will breathe some life back into industry," Kidwai said adding "With inflation risk receding, there is indeed some scope for easing in the forthcoming monetary policy".

Inflation based on wholesale prices declined to a three-year low of 7.18 per cent in December.

On fiscal deficit, she said that if the recommendations regarding the roadmap on fiscal consolidation made in the Kelkar report are carried forward "we would soon be moving on the right track".

However, she added that ballooning current account deficit remains a constraint on monetary policy easing.

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