Lok Sabha election results 2019: India's rating hinges on policies of new govt, says Moody's

India's credit rating will depend on the policies of the new government, Moody's said on Thursday and expressed hope that the country would continue with its fiscal consolidation plan

Press Trust of India May 23, 2019 16:43:31 IST
Lok Sabha election results 2019: India's rating hinges on policies of new govt, says Moody's
  • As per the trend, BJP-led NDA will form the government at the Centre for the second successive term with an absolute majority

  • Moody's expects the broad push towards fiscal consolidation to remain, although with greater policy emphasis on supporting low incomes

  • In 2017, the US-based rating agency upped India's rating to 'Baa2' from 'Baa3', changing the outlook to 'stable' from 'positive'

New Delhi: Moody's on Thursday said its credit view on India will depend on policies of the new government and expressed hope that the country would continue with its fiscal consolidation plan.

"Any credit implications of the outcome of India's general election will be determined by the policies adopted by the government in the next few years. These policies are yet to be formulated," Moody's Investors Service VP Sovereign Risk Group William Foster said.

Lok Sabha election results 2019 Indias rating hinges on policies of new govt says Moodys

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Moody's expects the broad push towards fiscal consolidation to remain, although with greater policy emphasis on supporting low incomes, Foster added.

As per the trend, BJP-led NDA will form the government at the Centre for the second successive term with an absolute majority.

In 2017, the US-based rating agency upped India's rating to 'Baa2' from 'Baa3', changing the outlook to 'stable' from 'positive', and said reforms would help stabilise rising levels of debt.

Deviating from the fiscal consolidation path as per the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act, the government in February's interim budget pegged the fiscal deficit for 2019-20 at 3.4 percent of GDP, as against the original target of 3.1 percent.

In 2018-19, the fiscal deficit was 3.4 percent of GDP.

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