New Delhi: The government will borrow more to fund a fiscal deficit that is now estimated at 5.3 percent of GDP this fiscal year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told late on Sunday in Mexico City.

The additional borrowing above the previous target of 5.1 percent will amount to at least 200 billion rupees (USD 3.72 billion), a senior finance ministry official told in New Delhi.

Previously the government had pegged gross market borrowing for the current fiscal year at 5.7 trillion rupees (USD 106.04 billion) to finance a fiscal deficit that was originally projected at 5.1 percent.

Last month, sluggish tax revenues and high spending on subsidies such as food, fuel and fertilizer forced the government to revise up the deficit target to 5.3 percent.


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