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No compromise on fiscal prudence, says Chidambaram

December 11, 2013 11:12 IST

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Manoj Kumar and Rajesh Kumar Singh in New Delhi

India will not compromise on fiscal prudence and will contain its fiscal deficit and narrow it to 3 per cent of gross domestic product by the fiscal year ending in March 2017, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

The comments come a day after Fitch Ratings had warned the setback for the Congress party in recent state elections could imperil the fiscal deficit target by tempting the government to have less restraint on spending.

The fiscal deficit target for the current fiscal year ending in March 2014 is set at 4.8 per cent of GDP and Chidambaram has repeatedly pledged the country would meet the target.

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Image: Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram.
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"There will be no compromise on the decision to walk on the path of fiscal prudence and contain the fiscal deficit step by step, year by year, until we the reach the goal of 3 per cent of gross domestic product in 2016/17," Chidambaram said.

The finance minister also highlighted the government would do all it can to moderate inflation, given the Reserve Bank of India only has monetary policy as a ‘blunt tool’ to contain rising food prices.


Image: A worker loads empty Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders onto a supply truck in Chennai.
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