Improved quality of public expense stoking growth: FinMin

New Delhi :The quality of government expenditure has improved significantly in the current fiscal and is resulting in high growth, Finance Ministry said today.

“In the current fiscal our capital expenditure which goes into asset creation has seen a significant growth as against revenue expenditure which goes into salary payment and rent… This has happened after a gap of many years… This may also be a reason why we are recording a high growth,” Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal said.

Economic growth in the current fiscal is estimated at 7.6 per cent, highest in the last five years.

“Quality of expenditure has also improved this fiscal. The revenues that we are getting and expenditure that we are incurring are in tandem. So, basically we are moving as per plan,” he said in the ministry’s YouTube channel.

The Plan Expenditure during April-December showed significant improvement.

According to CGA data, it was 74.4 per cent of Budget Estimate at the end of December, as compared to 61.3 per cent a year ago.
The improvement was more significant with regard to plan expenses on capital account. It was 85.3 per cent of BE at the end of December as again 57.9 per cent a year ago.

The government aims to reduce fiscal deficit to 3.9 per cent of GDP in current fiscal, from 4 per cent last fiscal and as per roadmap it aims to bring it down to 3.5 per cent in 2016-17.

“Expenditure management has been on track in the current fiscal. The world is going through turbulent time. The growth rates are low globally. Among BRICS countries only India is standing out because our macro economic indicators are strong. We are trying to further strengthen it,” Watal said.