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India’s April-June fiscal deficit reaches 18.2% of fiscal year 2021-22 target

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on July 31, 2021
An Indian labourer cuts raw mangoes to be pickled at a vegetable market of Amritsar. The CGA data showed that the fiscal deficit during the corresponding months of the previous fiscal was 83.2 per cent of that year’s target. -- AFP file photo

The fiscal deficit -- the difference between revenue and expenditure -- for the April-June 2021-22 period stood at Rs274,245 crore, or 18.2 per cent of the budget estimates


India’s April-June budgetary fiscal deficit reached 18.2 per cent of the fiscal year 2021-22 target, official data showed.

The fiscal deficit -- the difference between revenue and expenditure -- for the April-June 2021-22 period stood at Rs274,245 crore, or 18.2 per cent of the budget estimates (BE).

The FY22 deficit has been pegged at Rs15.06 lakh crore.

Besides, the CGA data showed that the fiscal deficit during the corresponding months of the previous fiscal was 83.2 per cent of that year’s target.

The Central government’s total expenditure stood at Rs821,644 crore (23.6 per cent of BE) while total receipts were Rs547,399 crore (27.7 per cent of BE).

“The sharp jump in tax and non-tax receipts and mild contraction in revenue expenditure, curtailed the Government of India’s fiscal deficit to an eight year low Rs2.7 trillion in Q1 FY2022, less than half of last year’s level of Rs6.6 trillion recorded during the nationwide lockdown,” ICRA chief economist Aditi Nayar said.

“Reflecting the low base of the nationwide lockdown, gross tax revenues nearly doubled in Q1 FY2022 and reached 24 per cent of the FY2022 BE, despite the impact of the second wave of Covid-19 on economic activity.”

India Ratings & Research’s principal economist Sunil Kumar Sinha said Union government fiscal deficit in Q1 FY22 at Rs2.74 trillion was 18.2 per cent of FY22, lowest in last 12 fiscals.

"This has been possible due to 206.1 per cent growth in net tax revenue of union government in Q1 FY22 which is 26.7 per cent of FY22 (BE),” he said.

“Change in accounting year of Reserve Bank of India has helped in higher non-tax revenue collection and its growth jumped to 738.4 per cent in Q1 FY22 which is 52.4 per cent of FY22 (BE). If government fails to achieve big-ticket disinvestment programme in FY22, the gains visible in the Q1 FY22, may not hold and the government would find it difficult to attain FY22 fiscal deficit target of Rs15.07 trillion.” -- IANS





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