CARE Ratings Expects COVID-Led Lockdown Till May End

CARE Ratings: Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are faced with issues of labour shortages and escalating uncertainty with a large set of them expecting business performance to worsen.

CARE Ratings Expects COVID-Led Lockdown Till May End

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A recent survey by CARE Ratings shows that a majority of industry leaders perceive lockdown to be a solution for the raging coronavirus situation across India with a sizeable number expecting it to extend only till May-end.

They also considered the current lockdown to be less stringent than last year. The optimism over India’s vaccination drive seems encouraging. A total of 305 people were interviewed between April 27 to May 11 with respondents ranging from manufacturing, financial services, non-financial services, power and others.

At least 80 per cent of the respondents expect consumer demand for non-essentials as well as investment demand to be severely impacted. Almost the same proportion believe the non-performing assets (NPA) situation to worsen in the coming months.

Almost three-fourths of respondents believe that turnover of the non-manufacturing essential segment to be the most impacted followed by non-essential services (47 per cent).

The economic recovery is beginning to lose steam with infection rates scaling record highs. Almost 7 out of 10 respondents expect the GDP to be below 9 per cent for FY22.

A majority of respondents expect moratorium by the Reserve Bank of India and emergency credit line to be extended by the government as a policy response to ease business conditions.

In addition, the release of pending dues from the government and indirect taxes also found mention.

CARE Ratings: Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are faced with issues of labour shortages and escalating uncertainty with a large set of them expecting business performance to worsen.

Overall, said CARE Ratings, the worsening pandemic situation, localised lockdowns and the slower-than-expected pace of vaccinations have darkened prospects of a nascent economic recovery and accentuated business uncertainty.

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