Budget highlights: Fiscal deficit target for 2017-18 at 3.2%

 

BUDGET 2017 – Here are the highlights of Jaitley’s budget for the 2017/18 fiscal year that begins on April 1.

FISCAL DEFICIT

* The 2017/18 budget seeks to pursue prudent fiscal management to preserve financial stability.

*Fiscal deficit at 3.4%

*Revenue deficit stands reduced to 2.1% in Fy18

GROWTH

* Jaitley says India seen as an engine of global growth

DEMONETISATION

* Demonetisation “a bold and decisive measure”, will make GDP bigger and lead to higher tax revenues – finance minister

* Hit to economy from government decision to outlaw high-denomination notes will be “transient”, effects of demonetisation not expected to spill over to next year

* Pace of remonetisation has picked up and will soon reach comfortable levels

* Surplus money in the banking system will lower borrowing costs, increase credit flow READ MORE

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