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Not Seeking Rs 3.6 Lakh Crore From RBI, Says Centre Amid Autonomy War


Centre said the only proposal “under discussion is to fix appropriate economic capital framework of RBI”

New Delhi: 

The government on Friday said it is not seeking Rs 3.6 lakh crore capital from the Reserve Bank but is only in discussion for fixing appropriate economic capital framework of the central bank.

“Lot of misinformed speculation is going around in media. Government’s fiscal math is completely on track. There is no proposal to ask RBI to transfer Rs 3.6 or 1 lakh crore, as speculated,” Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg tweeted.

He said the only proposal “under discussion is to fix appropriate economic capital framework of RBI.”

Exuding confidence about government’s fiscal math, he said, it will stick to the fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent for the current financial year ending March 31, 2019. “Government’s FD (fiscal deficit) in FY 2013-14 was 5.1%. From 2014-15 onwards, Government has succeeded in bringing it down substantially. We will end the FY 2018-19 with FD of 3.3%. Government has actually foregone 70,000 crore of budgeted market borrowing this year,” he said.

The Congress has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of being bent on “snatching” the contingency reserves of the RBI amid a tussle that has seen the central bank officials call out for greater autonomy.



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