Higher minimum support prices for kharif crops may have inflation, fiscal costs, says DBS report
Seeking to address farm distress ahead of general elections, the Centre on 4 July hiked price paid to farmers for paddy by a record Rs 200 per quintal and by up to 52 percent for other summer-sown crops
New Delhi: Government's decision to hike MSP for kharif crops is expected to impact GDP by 0.1-0.2 percent besides adding to inflationary pressures, says a DBS report.
According to the global financial services major, higher MSPs carry inflation as well as fiscal costs.
"For the fiscal math, impact is likely to be in the tune of 0.1-0.2 percent of GDP, which might necessitate higher revenue support or lower capex spending to limit any risk to the 2018-19 deficit targets," DBS said in a research report.
Seeking to address farm distress ahead of general elections, the Centre on 4 July hiked price paid to farmers for paddy by a record Rs 200 per quintal and by up to 52 percent for other Summer -sown crops.
The move is expected to lead to higher inflation and widen fiscal deficit because of increase in food subsidy bill to over Rs 2 lakh crore from Rs 1.70 lakh crore provided in the Budget for 2018-19, experts said.
As per the report, for the rest of this financial year, the impact on inflation will be in the range of around 25-30 bps.
Regarding RBI's policy stance, the report said higher MSPs will add to inflationary pressures, fiscal slippage and this might prompt the central bank to go for another rate hike.
"For RBI, MSP increase poses an additional risk to their inflation view, besides fiscal slippage worries and higher oil prices," the report said adding "August rate hike risks remain on the table".
In June, the Reserve Bank had upped its retail inflation projection by 0.30 percent and kept the policy stance in the neutral zone, even as it hiked the key rate by 0.25 percent to 6.25 percent.
After the Delhi government announced the raise, the CITU alleged the AAP dispensation has "shown insensitivity towards the trade unions and the working class"
The Left parties said that over the last year the prices of petroleum products have increased by 70 per cent, vegetables by 20 per cent, cooking oil by 23 per cent and cereals by 8 per cent
The WPI-based inflation was 14.55 per cent in March and 10.74 per cent in April last year