Government To Face Rs 10 lakh Crore Shortfall In FY21 Due To Covid-19: Subhash Chandra Garg
A cashier receives Indian rupee banknotes from a customer in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Government To Face Rs 10 lakh Crore Shortfall In FY21 Due To Covid-19: Subhash Chandra Garg

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Former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg on Thursday said the government is likely to face a shortfall of around Rs 10 lakh crore in 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a blog, Garg said the government's tax and non-tax revenues are likely to decline by around Rs 5 lakh crore. On the expenditure side, additional financing of about Rs 6 lakh crore would be required.

"There is likely to be an additional shortfall of not less than Rs 10 lakh crore in financial year 2020-21.... The only feasible and the least disruptive measure is to monetise this additional deficit and the RBI to meet this financing requirement," he said.

Elaborating on the fiscal situation, Garg said that indirect taxes, goods and services tax, excise duty on petroleum products and customs will underperform. "Disinvestment programme is likely to remain grounded for quite sometime resulting into substantial under performance," he said.

Garg pointed out that there is a requirement of a survival package for sustaining the lives of more than 10 crore workers who have been rendered jobless.

Noting that the options of resorting to household savings or issuing special bonds, such as coronabonds, are unlikely to be of much help, he said: "Forcing this additional borrowing requirement on banks and other financial institutions is likely to be more counter-productive."

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