Rediff.com  » Business » RBI rules out printing more money to cover fiscal deficit

RBI rules out printing more money to cover fiscal deficit

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Nandita Malik
February 06, 2020 14:15 IST

The government has already crossed the fiscal deficit at 132 per cent of the estimate as of December end.

RBI

Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Thursday said the central bank has no plans to monetise the rising fiscal deficit.

This is the third consecutive year that the government has revised its fiscal deficit target.

 

The Budget has pegged fiscal deficit at 3.8 per cent for the current fiscal year, up from 3.3 per cent projected in the previous budget; and at 3.5 per cent for FY21, up from 3 per cent estimated in the July 2019.

The government has already crossed the fiscal deficit at 132 per cent of the estimate as of December end.

The government has utilised 'escape clause' under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act which provides it a 50 bps leeway for relaxation of fiscal deficit roadmap during time of stress.

Accordingly, it has budgeted a net borrowing Rs 5.45 lakh crore from the market in FY21.

"There is no plan to monetise the government's fiscal deficit," Das told reporters during the post-policy conference.

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Nandita Malik© Copyright 2020 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
SHARE THIS STORY