Centre to rein in fiscal deficit at 4.6% of GDP

Centre to rein in fiscal deficit at 4.6% of GDP

In 2011-12 target is to bring it down to 3%

“For the finance minister (containing) fiscal deficit is very important. He (Pranab Mukherjee) says the fiscal deficit should be contained at 4.6 per cent. So we will all work towards that,” Department of Economic Affairs Secretary R Gopalan told PTI.

Declined growth

Asked about government finances, he said the growth rate of revenue is likely to be less this fiscal as compared to what was achieved in 2010-11.

The government managed to contain fiscal deficit, the gap between overall expenditure and receipts, at 4.7 per cent of GDP during 2010-11, much lower than the revised estimate of 5.1 per cent.

For the current fiscal, the government proposes to bring down the fiscal deficit to 4.6 per cent of the GDP. The deficit stood at Rs 3,69,043 crore for the fiscal ended March 2011, constituting 4.69 per cent of the GDP.

Revised estimates

The Centre’s fiscal deficit was lower by around Rs 32,000 crore over the revised estimates for 2010-11 on the back of better revenue realisation and expenditure compression.

Total fiscal deficit during the year was 92 per cent of the revised estimate of Rs 4,00,998 crore, showing an improvement on the fiscal front. The Centre also cut its revenue deficit, an excess of the current expenditure over the current receipts, to 3.11 per cent of GDP against the projected 3.4 per cent. It was lower than even 3.2 per cent projection as per the road map given by the 13th Finance Commission.

In 2011-12, the Government is looking at bringing it down to around 3 per cent. Total revenue receipt during 2010-11 was Rs 7,94,277 crore (as per provisional figures), up almost 39 per cent from the actuals of Rs 5,72,811 crore in the previous fiscal.

The government had revised the revenue collection figure for 2010-11 at Rs 7,83,833 crore, Rs 10,444 crore more than the revised estimate.

In his Budget speech in February, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee pegged the revenue collection for the current fiscal at Rs 7,89,892 crore.

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