Fiscal Deficit Estimated At 10.4% In 2021-22 If Disinvestment Target Missed: ICRA

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Fiscal Deficit Estimated At 10.4% In 2021-22 If Disinvestment Target Missed: ICRA

Rating company ICRA has stated that lacking disinvestment goal could hike fiscal deficit in 2021-22

Mumbai: A miss within the disinvestment goal could trigger the federal government’s fiscal deficit to rise at Rs 16.6 lakh crore or 7.1 per cent of the GDP within the present monetary yr, score company ICRA stated in a report.

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With the state governments’ fiscal deficit projected at a comparatively modest 3.3 per cent of GDP in 2021-22, the overall authorities fiscal deficit is estimated at round 10.4 per cent of the GDP, the company stated in a report.

In the bottom case for 2022-23, the company sees the federal government’s fiscal deficit moderating to Rs 15.2 lakh crore or 5.8 per cent of GDP.

Although the deliberate ceasing of GST compensation might trigger the state governments’ fiscal deficit to rise to the cap of three.5 per cent of the GSDP set by the Fifteenth Finance Commission, the overall authorities deficit will nonetheless compress to 9.3 per cent of the GDP in 2022-23, it stated.

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ICRA’s chief economist Aditi Nayar stated that with a palpable buoyancy in tax collections, the federal government’s gross tax receipts is anticipated to overshoot the budgeted quantity by a wholesome Rs 2.5 lakh crore in FY2022.

However, the web tax income beneficial properties to the federal government shall be nullified by the anticipated massive miss on receipts from disinvestment and back-ended spending, particularly on these gadgets that had been included within the Second Supplementary Demand for Grants, similar to meals and fertiliser subsidies, fairness infusion into Air India Assets Holding Limited, and many others, she stated.

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“Consequently, we expect the government’s fiscal deficit to print at Rs 16.6 lakh crore in FY2022, exceeding the budgeted amount of Rs 15.1 lakh crore,” Ms Nayar addd.

Ms Nayar added that the union finances for 2022-23 will face some constraints, owing to an anticipated slowdown within the progress in oblique taxes following the excise aid offered not too long ago, and the moderation in nominal GDP progress to round 12.5 per cent from the 17.5 per cent anticipated within the present fiscal.

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