India’s fiscal deficit at August-end touched 96.1 per cent of the budget estimate for 2017-18, mainly due to rise in expenditure.
In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit — difference between expenditure and revenue — was Rs 5.25 lakh crore during April-August, 2017-18, according to the data of Controller General of Accounts (CGA).
During the same period of last financial year, 2016-17, it was 76.4 per cent of the target.
For 2017-18, the government aims to bring down the fiscal deficit to 3.2 per cent of the GDP. Last fiscal, it had met the deficit target of 3.5 per cent of the GDP.
The CGA data showed that the government’s revenue receipts worked out at Rs 4.09 lakh crore during April-August period, which works out to be 27 per cent of the budget estimate (BE) of Rs 15.15 lakh crore for the whole year.
In the comparable period last fiscal, revenue receipts comprising taxes and other items were 28 per cent of the target.
As per the CGA data, the government’s expenditure had been increasing on sequential basis and totalled Rs 9.5 lakh crore at August-end or 44.3 per cent of the budget estimates.
In the comparable period last fiscal, the expenditure was 40.5 per cent of the budget estimate.
Capital expenditure during April-August, 2017-18 was 35.5 per cent of BE as compared to 37 per cent in the similar period last fiscal.
The revenue expenditure was 45.8 per cent of the BE during April-August 2017-18. This compares with 41 per cent in the corresponding period of 2016-17.