New Delhi: The government expects ₹28,000 crore interim dividend from the Reserve Bank of India in the current fiscal, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said.
The government has already received ₹40,000 crore from the RBI during FY2018-19, he told reporters in the post Budget interaction.
Meanwhile, the government has revised dividend or surplus of the RBI, nationalised banks and financial institutions to ₹74,140.37 crore from ₹54,817.25 crore estimated earlier in the Budget 2018-19.
When asked how much interim dividend the government expects from the RBI during the current fiscal, he said, " ₹28,000 crore".
Last year, the RBI had announced a dividend payment of ₹50,000 crore, including ₹10,000 crore interim dividend, to the government.
Garg further said the decision with regard to interim dividend will be taken in the next board meeting.
The interim dividend will help government ease fiscal pressure as the money would come before March.
If the central board of RBI agrees to pay ₹28,000 crore as interim dividend, total surplus transfer to the government would be ₹68,000 crore in the current fiscal.
The Reserve Bank, which follows July-June financial year, paid about 63% higher dividend than previous year (2016-17). The RBI made a dividend payout of ₹30,659 crore for the fiscal ended June 2017.