PMEAC: keeping fiscal deficit target a challenge

Reuters Posted online: Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : India may find it a challenge to stick to its fiscal deficit target of 4.8 percent of GDP in the fiscal year that ends next March, the prime minister's economic advisory panel said in a report on Friday.

The country's bloated fiscal deficit has been a key concern for Asia's third-largest economy - currently undergoing its worst slowdown in a decade - and has triggered the threat of a sovereign credit rating downgrade by global ratings agencies.

The panel also said that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) must maintain its current monetary stance until the rupee stabilises. India's currency dropped to record lows against the US dollar in August.

The panel said that net foreign direct investment (FDI) flows would likely be at $21.7 billion for the current fiscal year, down from an earlier estimate of $24 billion.