S&P pegs India's FY'14 growth at 6.4 pc; may up rating outlook
"We may revise the outlook to stable if the Government implements initiatives to reduce structural fiscal deficits, improves investment climate and increase growth prospects," S&P, which last April put India's sovereign rating outlook to negative (BBB- which is close to junk status), it said in a note.
The agency, which had followed up on the outlook revision with a series of commentary threatening a downgrade of the sovereign rating to junk, specifically suggested an efficient use of the fuel, fertiliser and agricultural subsidies to bring down the fiscal deficit or an early implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).
It, however, said that factors like five state polls in the second half of 2013, followed by general elections next year and the worsening economic environment both globally and domestically would make it difficult to rein in fiscal deficit at the targeted level of 4.8 per cent for FY14.
"There is still downside risks because of uncertain external demand, a worse-than-expected monsoon, and political paralysis," it said, adding declining growth in Asia's third- largest economy will start bottoming out starting next month.
On the back of this expectation, the agency estimated the GDP growth next fiscal to come in at 6.4 per cent.
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