Fiscal deficit stands at 31% at the end of Q1

Last Updated: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 21:16

New Delhi: The finances of the government showed improvement during the first quarter of 2009-10, with the fiscal deficit working out to be 31 per cent of the estimates as compared to 65 per cent in the corresponding period last fiscal.
Improvement was also seen in the case of revenue deficit,
which was 38.1 per cent of the budget estimate against
138.7 per cent in the same quarter last fiscal, according to
data released by the Controller General of Accounts.

Against the Budget estimate of Rs 4,00,996 crore for
the entire financial year, the fiscal deficit stood at Rs
1,24,302 crore at the end of June 30, 2009.

It is to be noted that the fiscal deficit was revised
upward at Rs 4,00,996 crore in the full Budget tabled in
Parliament on July 6 against Rs 3,32,835 crore projected in
the interim Budget in February.

The Centre`s fiscal deficit is thus projected to widen to
an 18-year high of 6.8 per cent of GDP in the current fiscal
as the government continued to provide stimulus to the
economy, necessitating higher market borrowings at around Rs 4
lakh crore.

The government`s gross tax receipts are projected to
come down to Rs 6.41 lakh crore this fiscal compared to Rs
6.87 lakh crore in 2008-09. But its overall expenditure is
expected to rise to over Rs 10 lakh crore against over Rs 9
lakh crore last year.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 21:16
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