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Govt to borrow additional Rs 46,000 cr to fund expenditure
February 10, 2009 15:53 IST
Last Updated: February 10, 2009 15:55 IST
The government will borrow an additional Rs 46,000 crore (Rs 460 billion) during the current fiscal to bridge the revenue-expenditure gap, which has been ballooning on account of the stimulus packages and tax concessions announced to spur the economy.
"We had discussions with Reserve Bank. Borrowing between February 20 and March 20 is going to be Rs 46,000 crore (Rs 460 billion)," Economic Affairs Secretary Ashok Chawla told reporters after meeting RBI Deputy Governor Shyamala Gopinath.
The government will be borrowing Rs 46,000 crore (Rs 460 billion) from the money market in four tranches, he added.
The RBI, Gopinath said, "will ensure that it (the borrowings) is carried in a non-disruptive manner."
The government, Chawla had told reporters on Monday, has provided a stimulus of Rs 1,50,000 crore (Rs 1,500 billion) by way of excess expenditure and about Rs 50,000 crore (Rs 500 billion) by way of tax concessions to the industry to battle the economic slowdown.
"This year because of stimulus, because of downturn, the (borrowing) requirement has been more. Therefore, whatever is the requirement of the government, it will have to be met through borrowing," he had said.