India’s central bank offer about 24.5 billion USD payout to government

MUMBAI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — India’s central goverment has offered the country’s federal government a payout of 24.5 billion U.S. dollars that include 17.1 billion dollars of surplus and 7.4 billion dollars of excess contingency provision lying in books of the central bank.

The payout was part of the recommendations made by an expert panel constituted in December 2018 to review the extant economic capital framework of the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as per the statement issued by the Central Bank late on Monday.

The recommendations were guided by the fact that the RBI forms the primary bulwark for monetary, financial and external stability, the statement said.

The surplus funds from RBI will enable the government to re-capitalise the public sector banks, establish a development financial institution for infrastructure, reduce market borrowings and avoid the plan of an overseas sovereign bond issue, according to industry experts.

“The transfer of surplus from the RBI should help to offset the expected shortfalls in various tax revenues in 2019-20 and aid the government in meeting its fiscal deficit target,” said Aditi Nayar, principal conomist of ICRA, a credit rating agency.

As a result, government securities (G-Sec) yields are likely to ease in the immediate term, she said.

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