Thursday, 18 August, 2022
TopicGovernment borrowing

Topic: Government borrowing

Why Punjab, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra, UP must learn from Sri Lanka, cut debt and freebies

At 53% in 2021-22, Punjab has worst debt-to-GSDP ratio. CAG data shows UP’s interest payments have grown by 6% in 5 years. Andhra’s outstanding debt hit Rs 3.89 lakh crore in 2021-22.

Why Modi govt’s large borrowing plan this year will also pinch all ordinary borrowers

Govt to borrow Rs 8.45 lakh crore from market in the first half of 2022-23 by issuing bonds. Over 10 years, there has been a substantial increase in govt’s borrowings through bonds.

Modi govt allows 20 states to borrow even as shortfall issue stays unresolved at GST Council

Move is likely to further strain relations between Modi govt & mostly opposition-ruled states that have insisted Centre do the borrowing, not states.

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Govt to borrow Rs 4.34 lakh cr in second half of 2020-21 to meet expenses amid Covid crisis

The government is sticking to Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing target for the current fiscal, Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj said.

Centre vs states GST row doesn’t matter. What matters is reviving economy & a borrowing plan

Since general government debt will rise regardless of who borrows for GST compensation, a plan to move to a sustained borrowing trajectory should be made.

At least 10 states to reject Modi govt’s borrowing options, say GST compensation their right

Tamil Nadu CM writes to PM Modi, other state finance ministers have virtual meeting to prepare for prolonged battle with central govt on GST compensation.

‘Hobson’s choice’ — Bengal rejects Modi govt’s two borrowing options to meet GST shortfall

Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said borrowing would impact states' developmental funds, tells Centre to go in for deficit monetisation.

Modi govt ‘risks’ National Small Savings Fund by using it to support struggling PSUs

Loans from NSSF to PSUs have risen 500% since 2016-17, though some can’t repay them. Critics say this is govt’s way of keeping fiscal deficit in control.

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Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav | ANI File Photo

Operation Lantern fails to light up in Bihar. And BJP in search of a Brahmin face in UP

The no-fuss change of government in Bihar, without horse-trading or MLAs in resorts, has prompted a coalition partner to request the CM to make arrangements for a trip to a hill station.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

(From left) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in Washington, 12 April, 2022 | Credit: ANI Photo/ PIB

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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