Budget 2018 Pegs Fiscal Deficit Target At 3.3% For 2018-19

Though the fiscal deficit target is higher than the 3 per cent as projected earlier in the fiscal consolidation roadmap, markets had expected the government to go for a higher fiscal deficit target.

 Share
EMAIL
PRINT
COMMENTS
Budget 2018 Pegs Fiscal Deficit Target At 3.3% For 2018-19
In Budget 2018-19, the government has pegged fiscal deficit at 3.3 per cent of GDP for the fiscal year starting April 1, 2018. Though the fiscal deficit target is higher than the 3 per cent as projected earlier in the fiscal consolidation roadmap, markets had expected the government to go for a higher fiscal deficit target. A Reuters poll showed most economists expected a 3.2 per cent deficit in 2018-19, as the government looks to increase investments in areas such as agriculture.

Earlier this week, investors spooked this week after India's Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, in an economic survey ahead of the budget, suggested "a pause" in the fiscal consolidation path, while the government attempts to reinvigorate growth.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget 2018-19 speech exuded confidence that the economy in on the path of over 8 per cent growth rate. The finance minister said that 6.3 per cent growth clocked in the second quarter signalled the turnaround in economy. The growth in the second half of this fiscal (October-March) is expected to accelerate to between 7.2 per cent and 7.5 per cent, he added.

The finance minister also said that manufacturing is back on the growth path and recapitalised state banks will also be able to support growth.

In his Budget speech, the finance minister said that the government is focused on infrastructure creation, higher farmers' income and economic reforms. The indirect tax regime has been made simpler by the introduction of GST, he added. The structural growth initiative announced by the government will help the government to accelerate in the future, the minister said.

He also said that economy under the first three years of the NDA rule clocked growth of 7.5 per cent.


Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.

NDTV Beeps - your daily newsletter

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................