India’s informal economy more than halved

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MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India’s digital payments index also captures the spread of digital, taking into account growth in the payments infrastructure. Of the four key objectives of demonetisation, India appears to have done well on three. There has been a rise in digital transactions.
Besides this, there has also been a drop in fake currencies. Counterfeit notes detected continued to fall from 3.1 lakh in FY19 to 2.9 lakh in FY20 and 2 lakh in FY21. There are also indications that the economy is getting more formalised.
According to SBI group chief economist Soumya Kanti Ghosh, there are indicators that the informal economy has shrunk to 20% of GDP from 50% a few years ago. This is comparable to Europe and much better than Latin American countries where the size of the informal economy is estimated at 34%.
“The rise in GST collections despite the GDP shrinking clearly shows…

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