Mumbai:  Research and ratings agency Crisil on Tuesday cut India's economic growth forecast to 5.5 percent for the 2012-13 financial year from its earlier estimate of 6.5 percent, citing deficient monsoon and worsening Eurozone crisis.

It also raised India's core inflation forecast to 8 percent for this fiscal from 7 percent announced earlier.

"The downward revision in India's growth forecast factors in the adverse impact of rainfall deficiency (an expected deficiency of 15 percent for June-September 2012) and worsening of the Eurozone growth outlook," Crisil said in a report.

Referring to a Standard & amp; Poor's forecast, it said Eurozone economy was likely to contract by 0.6 percent in the current year.

Despite slowing growth, Crisil revised upward its average Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation forecast for 2012-13 to 8 percent to reflect the adverse impact of deficient monsoon on food inflation.

Crisil's growth estimate is much lower than the growth forecast announced by the government.

The government is aiming at around 7 percent growth, while the Reserve Bank of India last week lowered the growth outlook to 6.5 percent for 2012-13.

India's economic growth slumped to nine-year low of 5.3 percent in the quarter ended March. For 2011-12, India's GDP expanded by 6.5 percent, substantially down from 8.4 percent growth registered in the previous year.

In the report, "India: Macroeconomic Outlook Revision 2012-13", Crisil sees more pain in Indian economy as all the macro-economic parameters are estimated to worsen.

"We now expect the fiscal deficit to worsen to 6.2 percent of GDP in 2012-13 from our earlier estimate of 5.8 percent," it said.

The increase in the fiscal deficit to GDP ratio largely reflects lower revenue growth as a result of slowing GDP growth. In case of a substantial fiscal stimulus to the economy, the fiscal deficit to GDP ratio could worsen further, the report said.

"Indian rupee is now expected to settle around 53 against a dollar by March 2013 compared to our earlier forecast of 50 against a dollar, Crisil said.

"Given the worsening of the Euro zone economy as well as domestic growth slowdown, we now expect the Indian economy to attract lower foreign capital inflows compared to our earlier estimate," it added.


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