Budget 2018: Day after budget Fitch warns India on its high debt burden

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Updated: February 2, 2018 1:28:14 PM

Budget 2018: Just day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented budget 2018 in the Parliament, ratings agency Fitch has warned India saying that its high debt burden plays obstacle to rating upgrade. On the budget day Arun Jaitley had said in his speech that IMF has made forecast in its latest update that India will grow at 7.4 percent next year.

esponding to a question, he welcomed the economic survey and said it's interesting informative report that provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of the economy.Budget 2018: Fitch said that if the proposals and policy measures are implemented properly a large part of the population can get benefitted.

Budget 2018: Just day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented budget 2018 in the Parliament, ratings agency Fitch has warned India saying that its high debt burden plays obstacle to rating upgrade. On the budget day Arun Jaitley had said in his speech that IMF has made forecast in its latest update that India will grow at 7.4 percent next year. In budget 2018, Arun Jaitley had projected India will clock 3.5 percent fiscal deficit against the target of 3.2 percent set earlier.

Fitch also said that if the proposals and policy measures are implemented properly a large part of the population can get benefitted. The budget 2018 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday was the first one after the implementation  of goods and services tax and the last one before the upcoming general election scheduled in 2019.

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Fitch also said that given India’s high government debt burden of 68 percent of GDP and a large fiscal balance of 6.5 percent of GDP and weak public finances if states included, chances of India’s sovereign ratings get constrained. The budget has announced fiscal deficit of 3.5 percent of GDP in the running year ending March, higher than higher than 3.2 percent targeted earlier.

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In budget 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated large sum to the healthcare, agriculture and rural sector of the economy. “ The budget is tremendous in terms of allocation made to the healthcare sector. Budget promises tremendous things for healthcare especially insuring such a large part of population under medical cover,” said Naresh Trehan of Medanta.

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Since many big change were already made some months ago, it was unlikely to see much talk or direction on anything to do with GST in Budget 2018, said many industry leaders.

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