May 25, 2020
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Gathering Clouds

Gathering Clouds
  • Rising revenue deficit, pegged at over 5 per cent of GDP
  • Gross fiscal deficit— Centre plus the states— could top 9 per cent, the highest in the decade
  • GDP growth of 6- 6.5 per cent while the budget calculations are based on 7 per cent
  • Two- thirds of the Centre's revenues going in interest payments
  • The inability of central and state governments to cut subsidies and poitical giveaways
  • 70 per cent of the government's annual borrowing target consumed in just three months
  • Rs 10,000 crore disinvestment target not being met due to election hiatus
  • Possibility of a Kargil cess
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