Das said the RBI, being the debt manager for the government, did discuss the borrowing with the Ministry of Finance even before the budget.
"The deviation from previous FRBM targets was quite inevitable considering the impact of the COVID pandemic when the government revenues at both the Centre and states crashed for a few months," he told reporters.
It can be noted that the government was earlier committed to get the fiscal deficit down to 3 per cent in the medium term as per the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act mandate, and now plans to touch 4.5 per cent by FY26. A wider deficit generally entails bigger borrowing by the government.
Das said as far as the RBI is concerned, what concerns the central bank is the overall government borrowing programme and the debt to GDP ratio.
"...we are confident that going forward, in 2021-22 also we will be able to implement government borrowing programme in the most non-disruptive manner. Let there not be any doubt about this," he said, adding that discussions are already underway between the government and the RBI on the same.
Asking everybody to look at the RBI's "track record", Das said the RBI ensured lowest borrowing cost in 15 or 16 years and the average maturity was also elongated.
Meanwhile, in the face of high amounts of capital flows into the country because of the easy liquidity globally, Deputy Governor Michael Patra said protecting the domestic markets from the global spillovers is the first objective.
"Our first objective is to protect our domestic markets from these high global spillovers. There are very high surges of capital flows and not only that, there is a hunt for yields, he said, stressing on the need to protect our markets.
The RBI is watchful of the premium spikes and will ensure orderly conditions in all segments of the markets through its operations.
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