ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Recalibrating Fiscal Deficit Numbers for India

The fiscal deficit numbers are often managed in undesirable ways. This article recalibrates the fiscal deficit numbers for the combined finances of the centre and the states, and then for the centre in the last 10 years in which fiscal responsibility and budget management targets have been applicable. The analysis suggests an under-reporting of numbers and that the corrected fiscal deficit of the centre and states is actually higher by about 12% on an average.

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