Moody’s ups India rating: Manmohan Singh says NDA govt should not be ‘lured into false belief’ that economy is out of wood

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Kochi | November 18, 2017 4:19 PM

Moody's upped India's rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to 'stable' from 'positive', saying the reforms will help stabilise rising levels of debt.

moodys, moodys rating, moodys ups india rating, manmohan singh, NDA government, india economySingh also cautioned that the soaring prices of the crude oil could “hurt the fiscal system” of the country. (PTI)

Moody’s upped India’s rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to ‘stable’ from ‘positive’, saying the reforms will help stabilise rising levels of debt. Today, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said the NDA government should not be “lured into false belief” that the economy is out of the wood reacting to the US-based rating agency’s upgradation of India’s sovereign credit rating. Manmohan said reacting to a query on Moody’s rating in national seminar on ‘Macro Economic Developments in India: Policy Perspectives’ organised by the Economics Department of St Teresa’s College, Ernakulam, that “I am glad that Moody’s has done what they have done but we must not be, I think, lured into false belief that we are out of the wood,” he said, reacting to a query on Moody’s rating. On the sidelines of the seminar, Singh said the economy needed strong purposeful guidance to move forward at the rate which the government itself says they want the country to move eight to 10 per cent. His comments came in the wake of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley terming the Moody’s upgrading India’s sovereign rating after 13 years as “belated recognition” of reforms undertaken.

Singh also cautioned that the soaring prices of the crude oil could “hurt the fiscal system” of the country. “Now the crude oil prices are USD 62-64 whereas few months ago, they were about 40-45. So it can hurt balance of payment. It can also hurt the fiscal system as well,” Singh said. Asked how different he would have implemented the GST, Singh said there was “undue haste” in implementing the new taxation system and blamed the bureaucracy for its lack of preparedness.

“Both in administration and implementation, I think there is much to be desired and the very fact that the council has met so many times, they have now reduced rates of 211 items.” That showed that there was undue haste in implementation and the bureaucracy had not done its homework, he said.

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