Bank credit growth shows some signs of rising!)
For the fiscal year so far, bank credit has grown by 3.2 percent as against 2.7 per cent in the comparable period in the previous year. In the last fortnight alone, bank credit grew by Rs 1.6 lakh crore. The pick-up in credit growth could be due to the festive season demand and a surge in demand for mortgage credit. Bank credit had slipped to record low levels during the start of COVID-19 pandemic, especially to industries as demand fell, uncertainty prevailed and banks stepped up risk-aversion. The nationwide lockdown impacted supply chains. Since September, the trend has begun to reverse slowly with economy opening up and business activities returning to normalcy. Total bank credit growth outstanding, as on January 1, stood at Rs 107 lakh crore. In the financial year so far, the deposits grew by 8.5 per cent compared with 5.1 per cent in the year-ago period, and in the fortnight ending January 1, the growth was 0.7 per cent. Total deposits in the banking system as on January 1 stood at Rs 147 lakh crore. The Indian economy is projected to contract around 7.5 per cent in the ongoing fiscal year. Bank lending will reflect the pick-up in real economic activities.