Atanu Chakraborty (Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint)
Atanu Chakraborty (Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint)

India will follow fiscal deficit glide path: DEA Secy Atanu Chakraborty

  • Central government’s fiscal deficit at the end of September touched 6.5 trillion or 92.6% of what was budgeted for the full fiscal
  • 'The government will continue to take measures to boost economy as and when needed,' he further said

India will follow the fiscal deficit glide path and will continue to do so, economic affairs secretary Atanu Chakraborty said on Friday.

The statement comes a day after Controller General of Accounts released data, which showed that the central government’s fiscal deficit at the end of September touched 6.5 trillion or 92.6% of what was budgeted for the full fiscal.

"The government will continue to take measures to boost economy as and when needed," he further said.

Fiscal deficit had scaled 95.3% of the budgeted estimate in the same period a year ago. Usually, receipts pick up at the end of the fiscal although expenditure, especially during a period of economic slowdown, is made earlier in the fiscal, which gives the impression of a sharp mismatch between receipts and spending. The apparent mismatch usually gets offset at the end of the financial year. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said earlier that the government will frontload its spending this year.

The government has set a fiscal deficit target of 7.03 trillion for the current fiscal, aiming to restrict it to 3.3% of the gross domestic product (GDP). The corporate tax rate cut announced in September aimed at boosting economic growth is estimated to cost the exchequer RS 1.45 trillion.

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