India's Fiscal Deficit Soars to 36% of FY24 Target in Q2 at Rs 6.43 La-Cr
India's Fiscal Deficit Soars to 36% of FY24 Target in Q2 at Rs 6.43 La-Cr

India's fiscal landscape has witnessed a significant development in the second quarter, with the central government's fiscal deficit surging to Rs 6.43 lakh crore. This alarming figure represents a substantial 36 percent of the fiscal year 2024 target, which stands at a staggering Rs 17.86 lakh crore. These revealing statistics have been unveiled through data shared by the Controller General of Accounts.

Comparatively, when we look back to the same period in the previous year, the fiscal deficit had reached 32.6 percent of the annual target. To grasp the gravity of this situation, it's essential to understand that the fiscal deficit denotes the absolute disparity between the government's total revenue and its overall expenditure. In simpler terms, it serves as a measure of how much additional funding the government requires to sustain its various expenditures.

Against this backdrop, it is pertinent to note that the government has articulated an ambitious goal for the fiscal year 2024. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her address during the Union Budget of 2023, revealed the intent to shrink the fiscal deficit to 5.9 percent of the Gross Domestic Output (GDO). This is a commendable effort to trim down the deficit, especially when compared to the 6.4 percent registered in the preceding fiscal year.

Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that the Reserve Bank of India recently conducted a study, disclosing a noteworthy reduction in India's current account deficit during the first quarter of fiscal year 2024. The deficit has shrunk from $17.2 billion during the corresponding period in the previous year to a more manageable $9.2 billion. This development highlights the nation's ongoing efforts to balance its financial dynamics and stabilize its economic outlook.

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