UPA biggest drag on Indian biz: Moody's
India's outlook is still underachieving and poor management has dragged economic growth to below potential, Moody's Analytics Senior Economist Glenn Levine said.
"The single biggest factor weighing on the outlook is the Indian government. In all economies it is impossible to separate the economic from the political outlook, and that is particularly the case in India," Levine said.
The report further noted that there is broad-based weakness in the economy as all sectors are vulnerable.
"Softer global conditions, weak investor and business confidence, government paralysis, and tight monetary conditions are all weighing on demand. Almost all sectors have slowed, with particular weakness in manufacturing and mining, alongside a worrying contraction in private investment," the report said.
GDP growth slowed to 6.1 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2011, the slowest pace since 2008, and is growing at around 6 per cent through the first half of 2012. However, a steady upturn in activity is likely to lift the second-half GDP growth to 6.5 per cent.
This puts 2012 growth substantially below India's potential of around 7.5 per cent.
"Risks are still tilted to the downside because of the dire political situation, though there are some reasons for optimism. We see growth accelerating through 2012, but it won't hit potential until the second half of 2013," Moody's Analytics said.
The report further said that