Problems that should occupy our electioneers

The prize in the elections next year could be a winner's curse


Illustration by Binay Sinha

Shyam Ponappa
The preoccupation with state and Parliamentary elections that is now manifest may take away attention from the economy. Despite some encouraging developments, major structural problems such as the non-performing assets (NPAs) in banks and stalled projects await resolution. They need urgent attention beyond the din of politics.

First, the good news
  • Gross fixed capital formation improved to an all-time high of Rs 111.85 billion in the last quarter of 2017-18 from Rs 102.40 billion in the previous quarter.
  • There was some credit growth, with non-food credit increasing 11.1 per cent in May 2018, compared to 4.1 per cent a year ago. Credit to
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First Published: Jul 05 2018 | 5:56 AM IST

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