Ex-finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg pitches for large-scale expenditure reforms

Subhash Chandra Garg said that large-scale reforms are called for in the central expenditure program and he hopes to bring out an analysis of which central government expenditure program should be scrapped or deeply restructured 

Ex-finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg pitches for large-scale expenditure reforms

New Delhi: Former finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg on Friday said large-scale expenditure reforms are needed, to ensure that the taxes collected are spent productively. Garg further said that "of the budgeted expenditure of Rs 27.86 lakh crore, a large part gets consumed in payment of interest and establishment expenditure".

"Large-scale reforms are called for in the central expenditure program. I hope to bring out an analysis of which central government expenditure program should be scrapped or deeply restructured and streamlined in a separate piece," Garg said in a blog post.

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He also noted that as the productivity of government expenditure is generally lower than that of private expenditure, it makes sense if the government undertakes only those expenditures that deliver benefits commensurate with the benefits forgone on the resources raised from the private sector.

In 2019-20, the government spent Rs 5.46 lakh crore as establishment expenditure and Rs 6.60 lakh crore as interest payments.
The establishment expenditure is to take care of salaries, dearness and other allowances, pensions and other establishment-related expenditures such as travelling allowances.