Fiscal deficit soars, could contact 9.5% of GDP

New Delhi, February 26

The Central government’s fiscal deficit soared to Rs 12.34 lakh crore or 66.8% of the revised Budget Estimates at the end of January of the current fiscal. The fiscal deficit at the end of January in the previous financial year was 128.5% of the Revised Estimates (RE).

Rises to Rs 12.34L cr

  • The fiscal deficit stood at Rs12,34,004 crore at the end of January 2021, as per the data
  • The government had initially pegged it at Rs7.96 lakh crore or 3.5% of the GDP in the Budget

In the current fiscal ending March 31, the fiscal deficit is likely to touch Rs 18.48 lakh crore or 9.5% of the GDP.

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit stood at Rs 12,34,004 crore at the end of January 2021, as per the data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA).

The lockdown imposed to curb spreading of coronavirus infections had significantly impacted business activities and in turn contributed to sluggish revenue realisation.

The fiscal deficit or gap between the expenditure and revenue had breached the annual target in the month of July during this financial year. The government received Rs 12.83 lakh crore — 80% of the RE 2020-21 — up to January, 2021. This included Rs 11.01 lakh crore of tax revenue.

The tax revenue collection was 82% of the RE of 2020-21 as compared to 66.3% of the RE (2019-20) during the same period last fiscal. Non-tax revenue was 67% of the RE. During the corresponding period of the last fiscal, it was 73%. According to the data, total expenditure incurred stood at Rs 25.17 lakh crore or 73% of the RE in the current fiscal. — PTI

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