Govt contains fiscal deficit at 4%; beats its own target
New Delhi: Bettering its own financial targets, the government has contained the fiscal deficit at 4 per cent of GDP for 2014-15 at Rs 5,01,880 crore.
The revenue deficit has also been confined to 2.8 per cent, beating the budget target of 2.9 per cent for the last fiscal, the Finance Ministry said in a statement today.
The gross tax collection registered a growth of 9 per cent in 2014-15 and stood at Rs 12,45,037 crore.
The fiscal deficit target was set at 4.1 per cent by the the UPA government, but Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said he was taking it as a “challenge” to meet this ambitious and “daunting target” set up by his predecessor P Chidambaram.
Fiscal deficit, the gap between the government’s expenditure and revenue, is lower than the downwardly revised estimate of 4.1 per cent provided by the Modi government’s first full Budget announced in February.
“As a result of prudent policies and commitment to fiscal consolidation, the fiscal deficit at the end of 2014-15, stands at Rs 5,01,880 crore which is 98 per cent of the projected figure in Revised Estimate for 2014-15. Fiscal deficit as a percentage of GDP is 4.0 per cent as against the RE of 4.1 per cent,” the Finance Ministry said.
“Revenue deficit at the end of 2014-15 is Rs 3,58,306 crore which is 99 per cent of the projected figure in the RE 2014-15 and is 2.8 per cent of the GDP as against the RE of 2.9 per cent,” the statement added.
Revenue deficit refers to the shortfall in total government revenue realisation from the targeted figure.
The Finance Ministry further said that the government is “firmly committed to the path of fiscal consolidation and this is a step forward”. .