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Fiscal discipline is key: Budget 2018 will test investors' faith in govt

Markets will be focused on how much India widens its fiscal deficit beyond the 3 per cent of gross domestic product projected for 2018/19

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Since his election four years ago, Indian markets have welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign to mend patchy public finances and develop new areas of growth in Asia’s third largest economy.

To keep investors’ confidence, however, Modi’s government will need to be seen containing the fiscal deficit, while also increasing spending in key areas of the slowing economy.

Markets will be focused on how much India widens its fiscal deficit beyond the 3 per cent of gross domestic product projected for 2018/19.

A Reuters poll showed most economists expect a 3.2 per cent deficit as the government looks to increase investments in key

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First Published: Jan 31 2018 | 2:59 PM IST

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