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India facing twin deficit problem due to commodity prices, subsidy: FinMin

But says the country faces low risk of stagflation

Finance Ministry, Ministry of Finance

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Arup Roychoudhury New Delhi
The finance ministry on Monday cautioned the re-emergence of the twin deficit problem in the economy, with higher commodity prices and rising subsidy burden leading to an increase in both fiscal deficit and current account deficit. It’s also the first time the government has explicitly talked about the possibility of fiscal slippage in the current fiscal year.

“As government revenues take a hit following cuts in excise duties on diesel and petrol, upside risk to the budgeted level of gross fiscal deficit has emerged. An increase in the fiscal deficit may cause the current account deficit to widen, compounding the effects

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First Published: Jun 20 2022 | 8:12 PM IST

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