Kolkata: Country's largest commercial lender State Bank of India (SBI) said that domestic GDP growth is now on firm footing with urban demand showing good traction, while the lagging rural demand is a cause of concern. The apex bank has also revised GDP growth marginally upwards from 6.4 percent to 6.5 percent for the current financial year. In its 'Ecowrap' research report, SBI said that the GDP growth forecast of the apex bank RBI for the current fiscal has undergone some change since April 2023.
While RBI had projected GDP growth at 6.4 percent in April, this has been slightly revised upwards to 6.5 percent for the current fiscal, as announced in the latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting which concluded on June 8.
Inflation for the current financial year has been pegged by 5.1 percent by the apex bank, perceived to be above the tolerance band of RBI at four percent. The report said that the series of rate hikes in the recent past had resulted in a falling unemployment rate, signifying that the apex bank had been able to trim the excess labour demand in the market without contraction in employment.
It further said that the declining current inflation as well falling inflationary expectations for the next financial year gives a clear signal that the apex bank will be able to control the rate of price rise by a series of previous rate hikes having its lagged impact, within the tolerance band.
The inflation trajectory is now conditional on the spatial variation of the monsoon and possible development to EL Nino effect. The headline inflation trajectory, the measure of the total inflation of an economy, is likely to be shaped by food price dynamics, the report said.
According to the report, the "outlook on the global economy is clouded in sideways movement in most of the indicators even when the slowdown in advanced economies, weak external demand, tight financial conditions, and elevated debt levels pose risks to growth prospects."
On Thursday, the MPC under the chairmanship of RBI governor Shaktikanta Das pressed the pause button on repo rates for the second time after April which is now at 6.5 percent. The report said that supply-side factors contributed more than 50 percent of the inflation in January 2023, plunged to 46 percent due to ease in supply-side restrictions.