‘If tough reforms stall, higher growth potential may be hit’ | India News

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Mumbai: The fractured mandate delivered by the 2024 Lok Sabha election won’t impinge on the power of a weaker NDA govt to proceed with simple reforms on infrastructure and the general public capex push. Economists and scores companies, nevertheless, say potential higher growth may be dampened if govt is unable to implement the harder labour and capital reforms.
According to Pranjul Bhandari, chief economist at HSBC, govt can go for easy-to-undertake reforms resembling public capex push and help for hightech and newly rising sectors and nonetheless keep on with the trail of fiscal consolidation. However, arduous reforms, which embody farm, labour, and land reforms, in addition to rationalisation of meals and fertiliser subsidies, would be tough.
“If new govt’s focus is on the easy-to-moderate reforms buckets, we believe medium-term annual growth could be on track to reach 6.5%. But if reforms in the moderate-to-hard bucket are done, growth could be 7.5% or more,” mentioned Bhandari.

Tanvee Gupta Jain, economist with UBS, locations the bottom case for govt to stay to a medi um-term fiscal consolidation roadmap however with a populist bias. “The higher-than-expected RBI dividend transfer to govt would create fiscal leeway to increase populist spending to support consumption for lower income strata such as cash transfers, higher rural spending, income tax rationalisation, affordable housing, while continuing its thrust to boost public capex,” she mentioned.
Jain feels that the implementation of labour legal guidelines may nonetheless happen as these have already been cleared by each ho makes use of of Parliament. Govt has consolidated 29 central labour legal guidelines out of 44 present central legal guidelines into 4 labour codes. “We think the next set of reforms in land and capital that markets were hoping for will likely disappoint as political capital is lower vis-a-vis 2019 and 2014 elections,” she added.
Christian de Guzman, senior VP with ranking company Moodys, expects coverage continuity, particularly with regard to govt’s give attention to infrastructure. However, the shortage of a majority may delay far-reaching financial and monetary reforms, which may impede progress on fiscal consolidation. Rating company Fitch additionally feels that passing contentious reforms may show tougher for brand new govt.


Nilesh Desai
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