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Indias Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by during fiscal 5.79% 2020, compared to growth of 4.2% during fiscal 2019. Investments as measured by gross fixed capital formation declined by 2.8% during fiscal 2020 compared to a growth of 9.8% during fiscal 2019 and private final consumption expenditure growth moderated to 5.3% in fiscal 2020 compared to a growth of 7.2% in fiscal 2019. On a gross value added basis, the agriculture sector grew by 4.0% in fiscal 2020 compared to 2.4% in fiscal 2019, industry by 0.9% in fiscal 2020 compared to 4.9% in fiscal 2019 and the services sector by 5.5 % in fiscal 2020 compared to 7.7% in fiscal 2019. During the year, lead economic indicators like domestic sales of commercial vehicles and passenger cars, freight movement, credit flow and others remained subdued. The Government of India announced a number of measures during the year with a view to support growth in the economy. A key announcement was a reduction in the tax rate on corporates from 30% of profits to 22% (effective rate of 25.17% including cess and surcharges), for corporates not availing of any exemptions or incentives. Since the first quarter of CY2020, the Covid- 19 pandemic has impacted most of the countries, including India. This resulted in countries announcing lockdown and quarantine measures that sharply stalled economic activity. The Government of India initiated a nation-wide lockdown from March 25, 2020 for three weeks which was extended to May 31, 2020. Several countries including India have taken unprecedented fiscal and monetary actions to help alleviate the impact of the crisis. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced several measures to ease the financial system stress, including enhancing system liquidity, reducing interest rates, moratorium on loan repayments for borrowers, asset classification standstill benefit to overdue accounts where a moratorium has been granted and relaxation in liquidity coverage requirement, among others. The government announced an economic package which included direct benefit transfers to individuals in low-income groups, free food-grain distribution, access to credit for small businesses with government guarantee and policy reforms. Economic growth and investor and consumer confidence have been impacted significantly since March 2020. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the global economy is expected to contract by 3.0% during calendar year 2020, and growth could improve in 2021 assuming the pandemic fades away in the second half of 2020 and containment efforts can be unwound.


Inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased from 2.9% in March 2019 to 4.0% in September 2019, remaining within the policy target range. However, inflation increased during the latter part of the year to a high of 7.4% in December 2019 and subsequently eased to 5.9% in March 2020 largely driven by movement in food prices. Core inflation (inflation excluding food and fuel) broadly remained moderate during the year and reduced from 5.0% in March 2019 to 4.1% in March 2020.


Considering inflation was within the comfort levels of RBI in the first half of fiscal 2020, the RBI reduced the repo rate by 110 basis points during April-October 2019 from 6.25% at end-March 2019 to 5.15% at October 2019. The policy stance was changed from neutral to accommodative in June 2019. However, the policy rate was maintained subsequently till March 2020 when a sharp reduction of 75 basis point to 4.40% was announced as a measure to combat the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


During fiscal 2021, the Rupee depreciated by 8.9% from 69.16 per US dollar at end-March 2019 to 75.33 per US dollar at end-March 2020, with a sharp depreciation of 3.9% in March 2020. Yields on the benchmark 10-year government securities eased by 121 basis points from 7.35% at end-March 2019 to 6.14% at end-March 2020. This easing of government bond yields was partly due to the comfortable systemic liquidity maintained by RBI for most part of the year as a measure to support growth and improve flow of funds to the economy.


Economic conditions remain challenging going forward considering the uncertainties with regard to the impact of the global health crisis and the stand-still in economic activity. There has been a significant rise in risks in the operating environment along with lack of clarity on the timeline for conditions to normalise and economic activity to revive. The Indian economy would be impacted by this pandemic with contraction in industrial and services output across small and large businesses. Current estimates of Indias GDP for fiscal 2021 by various agencies and analysts indicate a contraction in GDP growth. While systemic liquidity is abundant, the economic weakness caused by the pandemic and uncertainty regarding normalisation will impact banking sector loan growth, revenues, margins, asset quality and credit costs.


Experienced management team and a motivated and efficient work force

Our Company is managed by a team of experienced and professional personnel having knowledge of all aspects of marketing, finance and broking. The faith of the management is in the staff and their performance has enabled us to build up capabilities to expand our business.


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The Company has adequate internal control systems for the business processes in respect of all operations, financial reporting, compliance with laws and regulations etc. Internal Control Systems have been designed to provide reasonable assurance that assets are safeguarded and, transactions are executed in accordances with managements authorization and properly recorded and accounting records are adequate for preparation of financial statements and other financial information. Regular internal audits ensure that responsibilities are executed effectively. The Audit Committee reviews the adequacy of internal controls on regular basis. Internal check is conducted on a periodical basis to ascertain the adequacy and effectiveness of internal control systems.


The Board of Directors has identified various elements of risks which in its opinion may threaten the existence of the Company and have formulated measures to contain and mitigate risks. The Company has adequate internal control systems and procedures to combat identified risks. The audit committee periodically reviews the risks which may potentially affect the companys operations or performance. However, in this time of pandemic distress, it is difficult to manage sudden risks relating to lockdown


The Employee Relations with the Management continued to be cordial. The Company regards its employees as a great asset and accords high priority to training and development of its employees. The Company recognizes that its human resource is its strength in realizing its goals and objectives.


This report contains forward-looking statements extracted from reports of Government Authorities / Bodies, Industry Associations etc. available on the public domain which may involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, economic conditions, government policies, dependence on certain businesses and other factors. Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. This report should be read in conjunction with the financial statements included herein and the notes thereto. The Company does not undertake to update these statements.