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India's Fiscal deficit for 2020-21 was at 9.3 per cent or 18.21 lakh crore of the gross domestic product (GDP), lower than 9.5 per cent estimated by the Finance Ministry in the revised Budget estimates, according to the CGA data.

Unveiling the revenue-expenditure data of the Union government for 2020-21, the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) on Monday said that the revenue deficit at the end of the fiscal was 7.42 per cent.

Net tax receipts were 14.24 lakh crore, while total expenditure was 35.11 lack crore, the data showed.

On February 1, the government revised its fiscal deficit target for F to 9.5% of GDP or 18,48,655 crore for the financial year 2020-2021, instead of its original target of 3.5% of GDP as the coronavirus pandemic led to lower tax collection and higher spending.

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit works out to be 18,21,461 crore. For this financial year, the government had initially pegged the fiscal deficit at 7.96 lakh crore or 3.5 per cent of the GDP in the budget presented in February 2020.

Fiscal deficit had soared to a high of 4.6 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019-20, mainly due to poor revenue realisation.

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