Under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBMA) , both the Centre and States were supposed to wipe out revenue. The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, (FRBM Act) is an act of Indian Parliament to institutionalize financial discipline. Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) became an Act in The objective of the Act is to ensure inter-generational equity in.

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Thus arose a need to institutionalize a new fiscal discipline framework.

Several revisions later, it resulted in a much relaxed and watered-down version of the bill [4] including postponing the date for elimination of revenue deficit to 31 March with some experts, like Dr Saumitra Chaudhuri of ICRA Ltd.

Four fiscal indicators to be projected in 22003 medium term fiscal policy statement were proposed.

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The revenue deficit should be reduced to zero within a period of five years ending on March avt, This was in view of the new school of thought which believes that instead of fixed numbers as fiscal deficit targets, it may be better to have a fiscal deficit range as the target, which would frvm necessary policy space to the Government to deal with dynamic situations.

The increase in public investment helps to increase the level of effective demand and increases private investment in the economy. They described the law as wishful thinking and a triumph of hope over experience. During the late s the rate of inflation has fallen even when the fiscal deficit was as high as 5.

That is, if credit growth acy, fiscal deficit may need to rise and if credit rises, fiscal deficit ought to fall — to ensure adequate money supply to the economy. It was argued that high deficits lead to inflation, reduces consumption, result in a crowding out of the private sector investment, rising unemployment and falling living standards of the people.


Chidambaramcriticised the act and its rules as adverse since it might require the government to cut back on social expenditure necessary to create productive assets and general upliftment of rural poor of India. There should be progressive reduction of this limit by atleast one percentage point of GDP in each subsequent year.

Concerned over the worsening of fiscal situation, inthe Government of India had set up a committee to recommend draft legislation for fiscal responsibility. However, 203 should be noted that strict adherence to the path of fiscal consolidation during pre crisis period created enough fiscal space for pursuing counter cyclical fiscal policy.

The FRBM bill clearly states that the Frmb Minister shall review 20003 quarter, the trends in receipts and expenditure in relation with the budget and place it xct both houses of parliament the outcome of such reviews. Indian economy faced with the problem of large fiscal deficit and its monetization spilled over to external sector in the late s and early s.

Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management FRBM Act

Committee submitted its acy in January If the deficit is in the form of capital expenditure it would contribute to future growth. The effective revenue deficit which had to be eliminated by March will now need to be eliminated only after 3 years i. The residuary powers to make rules with respect acr this act were with the Central Government [8] frbn subsequent presentation before the Fgbm for ratification.

It means the expenditure on the productive areas may be reduced due to subsidies. Vijay Kelkar for drawing up the medium term framework for fiscal policies to achieve the FRBM targets. Similar fate was predicted for the Indian version which indeed was suspended in when the economy hit rough patches. The Standing Committee recommended that the numerical targets proposed in the Bill should be incorporated in the rules to be framed under the Act.

The Committee had wide ranging Terms of Reference ToR to comprehensively review the existing FRBM Act in the light of contemporary changes, past outcomes, global economic developments, best international practices and to recommend the future fiscal framework and roadmap for the country.


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The States have achieved the targets much ahead the prescribed timeline. The 3 per cent fiscal deficit limit which emerged from the famous Maastricht Treaty to form the European Union EU in was applied to Indian context without any modifications. Larger fiscal deficit lead to higher ftbm Larger fiscal deficit increase external vulnerability of the economy. Lower fiscal deficit lead to higher growth.

The scheme aims to reduce interest burden, reduce the cost of power, reduce power losses in Distribution sector, and improve operational efficiency of DISCOMs.

The fiscal deficit started rising after It appears that the Government has failed to seize the opportunity provided by the low interest rate regime that prevailed in the last few years in balancing its own financial accounts, at least its revenue account. East North Northeast South West. As long as we restrict borrowing to investment needs it does not seem logical to say why a nation should borrow only 3 per cent of its GDP to make investments.

Yashwant Sinha [1] in December Civil courts of the country had no jurisdiction for enforcement of this act or decisions made therein.

Today, the levels of capital expenditures by the government are miserably low in India. The report submitted is accessible aft the website of the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance.

In this Bill numerical targets for various fiscal indicators were specified. The increase in public investment helps to increase the level of effective demand and increases private investment in the economy. Get instant notifications from Economic Times Allow Not now.