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Moody's says India's food subsidy bill 'credit negative'
August 29, 2013 / 7:13 AM / 4 years ago

Moody's says India's food subsidy bill 'credit negative'

MUMBAI, Aug 29 (Reuters) - India’s plan to provide cheap grains to the poor is credit negative and will exacerbate the government’s weak finances, Moody’s Investors Service said in a statement on Thursday.

“The measure is credit negative for the Indian government because it will raise government spending on food subsidies to about 1.2 percent of GDP per year from an estimated 0.8 percent currently, exacerbating the government’s weak finances,” Moody’s said in a statement on Aug. 29.

Moody’s currently has a “Baa3” sovereign rating on India, or its lowest investment-grade rating, with a “stable” outlook.

India’s lower house of parliament approved a plan worth nearly 1.35 trillion rupees ($20 billion) on Monday to provide cheap grain to the poor, a key part of the ruling Congress party’s strategy to win a straight third term.

Reporting by Neha Dasgupta; Editing by Rafael Nam

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