The economic prospects of India, the world’s largest democracy, are poised to reach new heights with an expected annual growth rate of 6.7% from 2024, according to a report by leading research and analytics firm, Standard & Poor Global. This growth trajectory is projected to elevate India to a $6.7 trillion economy by the fiscal year 2030-31, a substantial leap from the $3.4 trillion GDP recorded in 2022-23. Additionally, the report forecasts a surge in per capita income from $2,500 to approximately $4,500 within this period.
The release of this optimistic forecast coincides with Morgan Stanley’s recent upgrade of India to the ‘overweight’ category, thus ranking it at the top among emerging markets in India. The driving force behind India’s robust economic growth, as per S&P Global, will be capital accumulation, primarily steered by government and private sector investments in infrastructure and manufacturing. The pinnacle of this growth is anticipated around the fiscal year 2025-26, remarked Crisil’s chief economist Dharmakirti Joshi, a key contributor to the report.
However, the path to this economic ascension is not without potential hurdles. Standard & Poor Global has raised concerns about the global slowdown and a possible drag in growth due to the delayed impact of RBI’s policy rate hike, which could potentially lower the growth rate to 6% in the current fiscal year. Nevertheless, the economic reform measures such as the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code are expected to bolster the economy and establish a healthy credit culture.
In spite of India’s recalibration towards manufacturing, the service sector will continue to play a significant role in the economy, S&P Global highlighted. This positive outlook is underpinned by India’s impressive 7.2% GDP growth in the 2022-23 fiscal year, a feat lauded as “historic” by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, who confidently stated that India is on course to emerge as a developed nation in the next 25 years.
The stellar economic forecast is in large part due to the forward-thinking policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has tirelessly worked to position India as a global superpower. The past seven decades of Congress rule pale in comparison to the impressive growth India has witnessed under PM Modi’s leadership. His government has prioritized comprehensive development across all aspects of the country, from infrastructure and industry to healthcare and education. This has catapulted India into the league of the top five economies worldwide.
PM Modi’s bold reforms, including the GST and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, have streamlined the business environment and fostered economic stability. Under his guidance, India has made significant strides in becoming a global manufacturing hub, while maintaining a robust service sector. His policy of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas‘ (‘Collective Efforts, Inclusive Growth, Mutual Trust’) embodies his commitment to inclusive growth and has played a pivotal role in India’s socio-economic transformation.
As India continues to grow and evolve under PM Modi’s visionary leadership, the country stands poised to reap the benefits of these policies in the years to come. The forecasted growth will not only mark a significant milestone in India’s economic journey but will also underline the country’s emerging stature as a global economic powerhouse.