The “worst is behind us”: Keki Mistry, CEO, HDFC Ltd


Keki Mistry, vice chairman & CEO, HDFC Ltd said that the “worst is behind us” and the economic recovery has been faster than expected. Stating that the December quarter growth could outperform the expansion logged in the corresponding quarter a year ago, Mistry said that the Indian economy has shown its resiliency.


Mistry said at an online dialogue organised by the All India Management Association (AIMA). He, however, said that interest rates have bottomed out.


The government should identify the job creating sectors and address their issues on priority, AIMA said in a release quoting him. Mistry said housing and real estate sector is the biggest employer in the economy after agriculture, and that 80 percent of the workforce in the sector require minimal skills.


He also sought priority support for the manufacturing sectors. Talking about the repayment issues in the housing and the real estate sector, Mistry said that he expected non-performing loans to be in single digits.


On the economic condition, Mistry said the Indian economy had proved to be resilient. “The worst is behind us and the recovery has been faster than expected. By the end of December, the economy would be at the pre-COVID levels for most sectors. The December quarter growth could be better than the growth in the December quarter last year,” he said. “