ASSOCHAM urges RBI to cut rates as Dec factory output shrinks

ASSOCHAM urges RBI to cut rates as Dec factory output shrinks
Expressing serious concern over the deceleration of industrial activity in December 2013, apex industry body ASSOCHAM has strongly recommends for a paradigm shift in the policy approach from both RBI and government.

The industry body has asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut key rates and demanded that the government take immediate steps to revive manufacturing.

Estimates of industrial production for the month of December 2013 show further deceleration of industrial production in India. Manufacturing output further decelerated. Particularly, the significant fall in the production of consumer durables indicates that high level of interest rates has been affecting growth through demand contraction, said the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

The RBI must consider that supply augmentation too can lead to inflation control. Other than this, cheap imports of various manufactured goods like electronics, chemicals and steel are resulting in domestic manufacturers lowering their capacity utilization rates, leave alone adding new capacities. Various Government Ministries must act in a coordinated fashion for reviving industrial production, said D.S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM.

Dion Global Solutions Ltd.

Story first published: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:54 [IST]
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