Now is not the time for stimulus

As India struggles to find its way out of a massive economic contraction resulting from a severe lockdown, there are two fundamental questions policymakers face.  Do we need to stick to the fiscal stimulus of around 2 per cent delivered thus far? And do we stick to the inflation targeting framework that requires inflation to be contained below 6 per cent? The answer to the second question dictates the answer to the first. Finance ministry officials have said that the government intends to adhere to the enhanced government borrowing target for the fiscal of Rs 12 trillion annou.....

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