Big reveal! India has entered recession for first time; GDP to contract 8.6 pc in Q2, says RBI official
The GDP is likely to contract by 8.6 per cent for the July-September period, which means India will enter into a recession for the first time in history in the first half of this fiscal, an RBI official has revealed. This comes on the back of two successive quarters of negative growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The GDP is likely to contract by 8.6 per cent for the July-September period, which means India will enter into a recession for the first time in history in the first half of this fiscal, an RBI official has revealed. This comes on the back of two successive quarters of negative growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers have used the 'nowcasting' method to arrive at the estimates ahead of the official release of data and their views have been published in an article in RBI's monthly bulletin released on Wednesday - they do not constitute the central bank's views.
"India has entered a technical recession in the first half of 2020-21 for the first time in its history with Q2 2020-21 likely to record the second successive quarter of GDP contraction," as per the article titled 'Economic Activity Index', authored by Pankaj Kumar of the Monetary Policy Department.
The Indian economy took a major hit after the country was put under a lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. It led to steep contraction of 23.9 per cent in the GDP for the April-June quarter as compared to the same period a year ago. The RBI has estimated that the economy will contract by 9.5 per cent for the full fiscal year.
It, however, added that the contraction is "ebbing with gradual normalisation in activities and expected to be short-lived."
The article said despite the raging pandemic, preliminary estimates are showing a jump in household financial savings to 21.4 per cent of GDP for the June quarter, as against 7.9 per cent in the June 2019 quarter and 10 per cent in the immediately preceding March 2020 quarter.
"The sharp increase is counter-seasonal and may be attributed to the COVID 19-led reduction in discretionary expenditure or the associated forced saving and the surge in precautionary saving despite stagnant/reduced income," it said.
The estimated increase in financial savings looks consistent with other macroeconomic statistics, in particular the decline in private final consumption expenditure and the surplus position in the external current account, it said.
The "yawning gap" between credit extended and deposits mobilised during the April-June period contributed to the spike in household financial savings as the financial instruments relating to banks continue to dominate the household financial assets and liabilities, it added.
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