Mumbai: Ratings agency Crisil on Wednesday said a revival in consumption will push up the country's gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate to 6.7 percent in FY'14, from 5.5 percent estimated for the current fiscal (FY13).
    
"India's GDP will grow at a higher rate of 6.7 percent in 2013-14 in comparison to 5.5 percent estimated for the current fiscal due to a revival in consumption," the agency's research division said in a note.
    
Improvement in the farm sector, lower interest rates and higher government spending will drive the consumption demand, it added.
    
The estimates from Crisil come at a time when the economy has witnessed a downward revision of growth estimates by analysts for a better part of the ongoing fiscal due to troubles on the global and domestic front.
    
The Reserve Bank had revised its estimate downwards to 5.7 percent from 6.5 percent in the October monetary policy announcement.
    
On the global front, worries around the Euro zone have been a concern while domestically a perception of policy paralysis till September, elevated rates due to inflation and issue of getting faster project clearances did not help.
    
International rating agencies have also called for immediate action on the high fiscal deficit.
    
Crisil said it expects fiscal deficit to fall to 5.5 percent in 2013-14 from the 5.8 percent it estimates for FY' 13.
    
It today said the Reserve Bank, whose elevated interest rates have been one of the factors blamed for the lower growth, will cut its interest rates by up to 1 percent starting January as inflation moderates.
    
It expects headline inflation, which is likely to come at around 7.7 percent for 2012-13, to moderate to around 7 percent next fiscal. RBI has been holding to its high rates citing the uncomfortable inflation numbers.
    
A normal monsoon, stronger rupee and lower crude oil prices will aid the inflation cooling off but it will not come down by much due to upward revision of fuel prices and excess demand for food articles, it said.
    
On the rupee-dollar front, it expects rupee to trade at 51-52 levels by end FY'14 as against the 53 level it estimates for March 2013.

(Agencies)

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