CEA pitches for refining inflation target band

by Nidhi Bhati

Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Krishnamurthy Subramanian has called for refining the inflation target band to reflect demand-side factors. In an interview to Reuters, Subramanian explained that there is a need to refine the monetary policy target as the central bank’s tools mainly addressed demand-side factors, while the current inflation target was affected by food prices, primarily dependent on supply-side measures. Food prices, which contribute nearly half of the consumer price index, have significantly affected headline CPI inflation in the last year, he added. Subramanian believes that core inflation could be a better indicator to target. He also suggested that there was a need to update the base year of 2011/12 and review household consumption items for the collection of monthly consumer price data to reflect the change in consumption patterns.

References
1. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/india-s-inflation-target-band-needs-adjustment-says-cea-subramanian-121022201208_1.html
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate (30-DAY MVG. AVG.)
Per cent
7.0 +1.4
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
55.3 0.0
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
57.4 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
52.0 0.0
Quarterly CapEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Mar 20 Jun 20 Sep 20 Dec 20
New projects 3.82 0.86 1.15 0.91
Completed projects 1.73 0.26 0.72 0.68
Stalled projects 0.73 0.11 0.08 0.30
Revived projects 0.42 0.68 0.36 0.11
Implementation stalled projects 10.22 0.09 0.07 0.12
Updated on: 25 Feb 2021 8:28PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Mar 20 Jun 20 Sep 20 Dec 20
All listed Companies
 Income -5.0 -27.6 -6.3 1.5
 Expenses -1.8 -27.9 -10.3 -0.1
 Net profit -51.1 -40.3 47.2 58.4
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 5.3 8.4 8.6
 Count of Cos. 4,374 4,370 4,365 4,299
Non-financial Companies
 Income -9.0 -37.4 -10.5 0.0
 Expenses -4.8 -37.7 -14.2 -1.0
 Net profit -52.2 -56.0 31.5 55.2
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 4.5 8.1 9.0
 Net fixed assets 13.5 5.8
 Current assets 2.5 0.7
 Current liabilities 5.4 -2.8
 Borrowings 15.8 8.1
 Reserves & surplus 1.7 4.4
 Count of Cos. 3,256 3,252 3,250 3,205
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 25 Feb 2021 8:28PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY18 FY19 FY20
All Companies
 Income 8.4 13.5 -0.2
 Expenses 9.9 13.8 0.1
 Net profit -41.4 16.6 -12.8
 PAT margin (%) 1.9 2.2 3.6
 Assets 10.9 9.6 9.2
 Net worth 7.3 8.4 4.6
 RONW (%) 3.3 3.9 5.3
 Count of Cos. 30,112 29,570 11,060
Non-financial Companies
 Income 8.6 14.1 -3.0
 Expenses 8.8 14.3 -2.4
 Net profit -9.8 21.1 -22.6
 PAT margin (%) 2.7 3.0 3.7
 Net fixed assets 7.2 5.5 11.8
 Net worth 6.0 8.0 1.6
 RONW (%) 5.6 6.5 6.5
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.0 1.0 0.9
 Interest cover (times) 2.1 2.3 2.5
 Net working capital cycle (days) 78 71 59
 Count of Cos. 24,243 23,774 8,018
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 19 Feb 2021 9:59PM