It means that savers are not adequately compensated for their savings
Savings are important for an economy to be able to invest and grow at a healthy pace. Household sector is an important contributor to savings in an economy. However, in India, savings in the household sector has declined significantly in recent years and has come down from the level of 25.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009-10 to 17.8% of the GDP in 2013-14. Financial savings in the household sector also declined from 12% of GDP to 7.2% during the same period. Although savings in physical assets went up from the level of 13.4% of GDP in 2004-05 to 15.8% in 2011-12, it also declined thereafter along with overall savings rate. The decline in financial savings is a matter of concern for policymakers as it can affect growth potential. One of the biggest reasons for the decline in savings rate, and in financial savings in particular, is attributed to financial repression.