Banking sector woes impacting growth: CEA

New Delhi: India’s banking sector woes have impacted investments and growth, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Krishnamurthy V Subramanian said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Ficci’s 17th Annual Capital Market Conference ‘CAPAM2020’, he said the sector faced two problems of “scale and quality”. The CEA elaborated that these problems are major factors for slow growth. According to Subramanian, NPAs and risk aversion have impacted investment, which has in turn hit growth and eventually lowered consumption.

Besides, he pointed out the need to focus on bringing scale to the banking sector. He asserted that India needs large banks. The CEA cited that India lags behind “spectacularly” in terms of large banks, as it only has one bank in the top 100, while China has 18 such financial institutions.

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