CAD may come down to $70 b in 2013-14, says PMEAC chief
He also said that the country’s economic growth will be around 5.5 per cent in the 2013-14 fiscal. “Reducing CAD from $88 billion (2012-13 fiscal) to $70 billion is possible because of various actions taken by the government... Gold imports falling by $10-12 billion itself will be a great relief,” Rangarajan said at an event in New Delhi. India’s CAD — the gap between inflow and outgo of foreign exchange — widened to a record high of $88 billion or 4.8 per cent of the GDP for the fiscal ended March 31, from $78.2 billion in 2011-2012, about 4.2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram had said recently that the government will make all efforts to contain fiscal deficit at 4.8 per cent, and CAD at 3.7 per cent of GDP, about $70 billion, in the 2013-14 financial year.
The government has increased duty on import of gold and silver to 10 per cent in a bid to contain the forex outflow, and also announced a slew of measures including easier overseas borrowing norms to fetch an additional $11 billion this fiscal to check the burgeoning CAD.