Government asks parliament for 1.27 billion rupees extra FY14 spending
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Finance Minister P. Chidambaram sought parliamentary approval on Friday for 1.27 billion rupees of extra spending in the current fiscal year, signaling his determination to keep the fiscal deficit under tight control.
It is normal practice for Indian governments to go to parliament for spending not included in the annual budget. In previous years the government has sought much higher additional spending in their initial requests. The government usually approaches parliament two or three times in a year for such spending requests.
The finance minister told the lower house of parliament that gross extra spending of about 75 billion rupees would be mainly funded from savings under different schemes, leaving just $19.62 million that adds to the budget burden.
(Reporting by Nigam Prusty; Writing by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)
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