Editorial: Say cheers

India’s economy is expected to grow by 8.3 per cent this fiscal year, according to the World Bank, making it the second-fastest-growing major economy.

The Bank’s Regional Economic Update released on Thursday said that after the deadly second wave of Covid-19 in India the pace of vaccination, which is increasing, will determine economic prospects this year and beyond.

The trajectory of the pandemic will cloud the outlook in the near-term until herd immunity is achieved, it cautioned. According to the Update issued ahead of the Bank’s annual meeting next week, India’ gross domestic product (GDP) — which shrank by 7.3 per cent (that is, a minus 7.3 per cent) under the onslaught of the pandemic last fiscal year — is expected to record the 8.3 per cent growth this fiscal year, which will moderate to 7.5 per cent next year and 6.5 per cent in 2023-24.

Of the major economies, China is ahead with its economy expected to grow by 8.5 per cent during the current calendar year after the Bank revised it upwards from the 8.1 per cent projection in April. The Bank said, The Covid-19 pandemic led India’s economy into a deep contraction in FY21(fiscal year 2020-21) despite well-crafted fiscal and monetary policy support.

 

NT Bureau