New Delhi, Feb 10: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley fiscal situation will improve in coming year 2019 as far as revenues are concerned. He was speaking after his post-budget meeting with members of the RBI board. Also Read - Centre Needs to Grant Rs 12,000 crores For 10 years to MCD: Delhi CM Kejriwal
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The government missed the fiscal deficit target of 3.2% of GDP for the current financial year due to the introduction of GST and is now expected to close the year at 3.5%. For the next year, it has budgeted for fiscal deficit of 3.3% of GDP. Also Read - Intel Alert: China Occupying Nepal's Territory at 7 Bordering Districts
Jaitley also described the monetary policy committee’s decision to hold rates steady as a “balanced one” and added that he was seeing signs of a higher credit demand. In the past the government had blamed high interest rates as one of the factors for weak loan demand and had demanded a reduction in rates.