Restricting fiscal deficit to 5.3% 'doable': P Chidambaram
- IPL spot-fixing case: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh arrested
- IPL 2013: Final No.5 for MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings
- Pune Warriors withdraw from IPL, 'disgusted' by BCCI's attitude
- IPL spot fixing: Accused Sreesanth claims innocence
- Li Keqiang visits TCS, Cyrus P Mistry says China important for growth of Tata Group
Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said that restricting the fiscal deficit to 5.3 per cent of GDP in the current fiscal is "doable".
"...in my considered view it is doable," he said during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha.
The Finance Minister said despite the temporary deviation from stringent fiscal consolidation targets necessitated by global financial crisis, the fiscal policy is being steered rapidly back to the path of prudence.
The government had originally targeted to bring fiscal deficit to 5.1 per cent in the current financial year, but revised it to 5.3 per cent. It was 5.9 per cent in 2011-12.
Referring to recently unveiled fiscal roadmap, Chidambaram also said he was optimistic that "we can achieve this".
As per the recent fiscal consolidation roadmap, government plans to bring down the fiscal deficit to 4.8 per cent in the next fiscal, 4.2 per cent in 2014-15, 3.6 per cent in 2015-16 and to three per cent in 2016-17.
The government has taken various steps towards expenditure reforms with a view to improving macroeconomic environment, he said.
It endeavours to restrict central subsidies bill in 2012-13, Chidambaram said, but added that some subsidy needs to be given towards food, fuel and fertiliser.
"...some subsidy has to be given for food, fuel and fertiliser...," he said, adding, the level of subsidy is determined by the economic situation.
The outgo on food, fuel and fertiliser subsidies in 2012-13 is pegged at over Rs 1.79 lakh crore. The government also got Parliament's nod for an additional Rs 28,500 crore towards petroleum subsidy in the supplementary grants.
The government has increased price of subsidised diesel and also capped the supply of subsidised LPG cylinders.
Chidambaram said government's emphasis is on eliminating effective revenue deficit by 2014-15 and generating adequate surplus thereafter.
"This would also help augment resources for financing investment and capital expenditure, including grants for creation of capital assets," he said.
- Fixing probe now reaches Bollywood, son of Dara Singh held
- BCCI cashes Pune guarantee, Sahara walks out of IPL
- 'Sree spent Rs 1.95L on clothes, bought friend BlackBerry'
- Delhi firm with MoD as client is linked to Pak cyberattacks
- After Infosys, iGATE sacks Phaneesh Murthy for sexual misconduct
- 2 weeks after harassment, Haryana schoolgirls return, cops in tow