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No mandate to tweak taxes: Pranab

Pranab said the Govt cannot indulge in ‘reckless borrowing’ and did not have Parliamentary mandate to tweak taxes.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2009 1:10 pm

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the Government cannot indulge in ‘reckless borrowing’ and did not have Parliamentary mandate to tweak taxes.

“I can’t indulge in reckless borrowing…,” he said after presenting the interim budget for FY’10 in Parliament.

The government has pegged fiscal deficit at 5.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product for the next financial year,against the revised figure of 6 per cent in the current financial year.

The fiscal deficit target for the current fiscal was 2.5 per cent.

However,fiscal measures initiated in the wake of the global economic downturn and reduction in revenue collection have impacted resource mobilisation resulting in widening ofdeficit.

Analysts too fear that returning to an era of high fiscal deficit could push the country into the vicious cycle of high inflation.

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