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The deficit is predicted to cross 7.5% of GDP in the 2020/21 fiscal year that began in April (Photo: Mint)
The deficit is predicted to cross 7.5% of GDP in the 2020/21 fiscal year that began in April (Photo: Mint)

India's fiscal deficit crosses full year budget target in 4-month

Net tax receipts were 2.03 trillion, while total expenditure was 10.5 trillion, the data showed, indicating the government had stepped up its spending to combat the impact of the coronavirus

NEW DELHI : India's federal fiscal deficit in the four months to end July stood at 8.21 trillion ($111.7 billion), or 103.1% of the budgeted target for the current fiscal year, government data showed on Monday.

Net tax receipts were 2.03 trillion, while total expenditure was 10.5 trillion, the data showed, indicating the government had stepped up its spending to combat the impact of the coronavirus.

The deficit is predicted to cross 7.5% of GDP in the 2020/21 fiscal year that began in April, private economists said, from initial government estimates of 3.5%, mainly due to a sharp economic contraction triggered by the pandemic.

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