Budget 2018: Govt misses fiscal deficit target; higher at 3.5% in FY'18

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Feb 01, 2018, 07:34 AM IST
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File photo of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Photograph:(AFP)

The fiscal deficit will overshoot to 3.5 per cent from the earlier estimate of 3.2 per cent in the current fiscal, ending March 31, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

The target has been fixed at 3.3 per cent for 2018-19 as against the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act target of 3 per cent.

Expressing the government's commitment to bring down the fiscal deficit, Jaitley said in his Budget speech that he has endeavoured to bring down the fiscal deficit from 4.1 per cent in 2014-15 to 3.9 per cent in the following year and further to 3.5 per cent in 2016-17.

Fiscal deficit has a bearing on sovereign rating of the country as well as the debt market.

FRBM Review Panel headed by former Revenue Secretary N K Singh had recommended debt to GDP ratio of 60 per cent by 2023 and fiscal deficit at 3 per cent for next 3 years.