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‘Modi’s war on cash pushes Indian eco into contraction’

 Agencies |  2017-01-05 00:25:48.0  |  Washington

‘Modi’s war on cash pushes Indian eco into contraction’

Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise higher value currency notes, noted American economist Steve H Hanke on Wednesday said India’s “war on cash” has pushed its economy into contraction as anticipated.

“#Modi has officially steered #India s economy into contraction as a result of his war on cash. Just what I anticipated would happen,” Hanke, an American applied economist at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland said in a series of tweets.

“Manufacturing takes the hit as the war on cash in #India adversely impacts the economy. #Modi,” he added.

Hanke, who is also a Senior Fellow and Director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC further said, “Demonetization will cause #India to slip from the leaders board for economic growth in #2017.”

Referring to interest rate cut by some Indian banks post demonetisation, the eminent economist said,’Indian #banks have slashed interest rates to stave off economic decline and to spark investment. A #demonetization disaster @zerohedge.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Novermber 8 had announced demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes making them invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.

Following demonetisation, the manufacturing sector contracted in December as new work orders and output took a knock for the first time in 2016.

The Nikkei Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) – an indicator of manufacturing activity – fell to 49.6, down from 52.3 in November.

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