February 27, 2013 / 7:02 AM / 4 years ago

Prioritisation of spending key to fiscal consolidation: government

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Labourers work at the construction site of a metro station in Mumbai January 31, 2013.Danish Siddiqui/Files

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The finance ministry delivered a report on the state of the economy on Wednesday, a day before Finance Minister P. Chidambaram unveils what is expected to be the most austere federal budget in years.

The annual report was prepared by Raghuram Rajan, the former chief economist to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who became the top adviser in the finance ministry last year.

Reporting by Tony Munroe

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