Home / News / India /  Govt keeps borrowing target unchanged, to borrow 5.92 lakh crore in H2 of FY 2022-23

The Union Government, in  consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, on 28 September announced to keep the borrowing target unchanged for current fiscal. 

According to the government statement, the government has decided to borrow 14.21 lakh crore during the FY 2022-23 and the balance amount of 5.92 lakh crore – 41.7% of 14.21 lakh crore – is planned to be borrowed in the second half of the fiscal year 2022-23. It would be borrowed through dated securities, including 16,000 crore through issuance of Sovereign Green Bonds (SGrBs) as per the announcement made in the Union Budget 2022-23, the statement said. 

The Finance Ministry said that the gross market borrowing of 5.76 lakh crore – 40.5 per cent – shall be completed through 20 weekly auctions and it would be spread over 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 30 and 40 years securities.

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"The share of borrowing (excluding SGrB) under different maturities will be: 2 year (6.25%), 5 year (12.15%), 7 year (10.42%), 10 year (20.83%), 14 year (19.10%), 30 year (15.63%) and 40 year (15.63%). Details of the issuance of SGrB will be announced separately," the official statement said.

To smoothen the redemption profile, the government will continue to carry out switch operations. "Out of the 1,00,000 crore of budgeted (BE) Switch amount, 56,103 crore of switch auctions have already been conducted and the balance amount of switch auctions will be conducted in H2," the statement said.

Also, to retain an additional subscription of up to 2,000 crore against each of the securities indicated in the auction notification, the government said it will continue to exercise greenshoe option. However, the Finance Ministry added that the amount raised through this option will be limited to 3 to 5 per cent of the gross issuance for H2: FY 2022-23 and within the gross borrowing limit for the FY 2022-23.

The government expects the weekly borrowing through issuance of Treasury Bills in the third quarter (Q3) of FY 2022-23 to be 22,000 crore with net borrowing of (-) 0.81 lakh crore during the quarter.

"There will be issuance of 10,000 crore under 91 DTBs, 6,000 crore under 182 DTBs and 6,000 crore under 364 DTBs through each auction conducted during the quarter," the government said.

Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India has fixed the Ways and Mean Advances (WMA) limit for H2 of FY 2022-23 at 50,000 crore to take care of temporary mismatches in Government accounts.

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