Budget 2019-20: Deficit for current fiscal pegged higher at 3.4%


New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) The Centre on Friday revised upwards the fiscal deficit target for 2018-19 to 3.4 per cent of the GDP, from the previous target of 3.3 per cent.

The announcement was made by acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal while presenting the Interim Budget for 2019-20 with the general elections due to take place within months.

Global ratings agency Fitch on Thursday warned against higher pre-election spending announcements in the upcoming Interim Budget which could risk a second consecutive year of fiscal slippage.

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