Correct Answer : Option (A) - 12–13%
Citing the second highest business activity index reading in 13 months in April, rating agency Icra on Tuesday(23rd Aug 2022) forecast the economy to grow 12-13 per cent in the first quarter of the current fiscal.
However, Icra has maintained its annual GDP projection at 7.2 per cent for this fiscal citing worries over inflation and the resultant RBI tightening.
"Our business activity monitor for April at 115.7 indicates that activity was roughly 16 per cent higher than the year ago (period) and pre-COVID levels in spite of the global headwinds," Icra Chief Economist Aditi Nayar told PTI.
This high growth may persist in May, especially on an annualised basis, which should translate into a double-digit GDP expansion in Q1 at 12-13 per cent. However, this may not sustain and the annual growth in volume and activity may moderate, she said.
According to her, higher input costs may dampen GVA growth to single-digits. "Therefore, we maintain our GDP growth forecast at 7.2 per cent for FY23"..Source : Business Standard
Published On : August 25, 2022
Category : Indian Economy