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Centre’s Fiscal Deficit is Rs 2.45 Lakh Crore in First 7 months of 2009-10

Centre's fiscal deficit exceeded Rs 2.45 lakh crore in the first 7 months of 2009-10.

The Centre”s fiscal deficit more than doubled to Rs 2.45 lakh crore in the first 7 months of 2009-10.


With this, fiscal deficit during April-October, 2009 reached over 61% of the targeted level of over Rs 4 lakh crore for the current fiscal.




However, the government projected fiscal deficit of 6.8% of GDP for the current fiscal while with GDP likely to increase with a high growth rate of 7.9% recorded in Q2, there is more room to contain the fiscal deficit within the targeted level.


Meanwhile, the fiscal deficit already crossed over 87% of the targeted amount for entire 2008-09 as the government was expecting fiscal deficit of just 2.5% of GDP at this point of time last time.


Notably, Fiscal Deficit is a economic phenomena when a government’s total expenditures exceed the revenue that it generates (excluding money from borrowings).


Deficit differs from debt, which is an accumulation of yearly deficits.




Moreover, when excise duty was cut by 6% and service tax by 2% from December onwards and plan expenditure rose as part of stimulus package, the government revised its target to 6% of GDP, which later turned out to be 6.2%.

The rise in fiscal deficit could be gauged from the fact that tax revenues decreased by around 8% to 2.13 lakh crore till October this fiscal against Rs 2.32 lakh crore a year ago.


The Centre’s revenue deficit, which is a gap between revenue receipts over revenue expenditure like salaries, rose by 138 per cent to stand at Rs 20.76 lakh crore during April-October, 2009.