April-Jan fiscal deficit at $86 bln, crosses full year target

NEW DELHI Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:04pm IST

Indian currency of different denominations are seen in this picture illustration taken in Mumbai April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Indian currency of different denominations are seen in this picture illustration taken in Mumbai April 30, 2012.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's fiscal deficit in the first ten months of the 2013/14 financial year crossed the target for the whole year, putting pressure on the finance minister of Asia's third-largest economy to cut spending ahead of an election.

The fiscal deficit touched 5.33 trillion rupees during April-January, or 101.6 percent of the full year target, compared with 89.4 percent at the same point a year ago, government data showed on Friday.

In his interim budget on February 17, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the fiscal deficit would not cross 4.6 percent of GDP, revising an earlier target of 4.8 percent.

Net tax receipts were at 5.76 trillion rupees in the first ten months of the current fiscal year to March 2014, while total expenditure was 12.7 trillion rupees.

Much tax collection happens in the last two months of the fiscal year and a large part of India's revenues come from non-tax sources. Chidambaram is likely to tighten spending in what is left of the year to meet his goal.

(Reporting by Manoj Kumar)

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