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India's rating upgrade reflects growth story: NITI Aayog's Rajiv Kumar

India's rating upgrade reflects growth story: NITI Aayog

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Rajiv Kumar
NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Rajiv Kumar

India's credit by Moody's is a reflection of the country's growth story, Vice Chairman said on Friday and expressed hope that other global agencies such as and would follow suit.

The US-based Moody's upgraded India's sovereign rating after a gap of 13 years to Baa2, with 'stable' outlook, from Baa3 earlier, citing improved growth prospects driven by economic and institutional reforms.

Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said in a tweet: "Moody's upgrade India's credit rating after 13 years. A clear recognition of economic & institutional reforms; well paced shift towards formalisation of the economy; improvement in business climate;positive growth outlook."

In 2015, the rating outlook was changed to 'positive' from 'stable'.

The 'Baa3' rating was thelowest investment grade -- just a notch above 'junk' status.

In a statement this morning, the credit ratings agency said: "The decision to upgrade the ratings is underpinned by Moody's expectation that continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will, over time, enhance India's high growth potential and its large and stable financing base for government debt, and will likely contribute to a gradual decline in the general government debt burden over the medium term."

It cautioned however that high debt burden remains a constraint on the country's credit profile.

First Published: Fri, November 17 2017. 13:21 IST