To bridge fiscal deficit, RBI likely to pay govt $5.8 bn interim dividend


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), having changed management last month following a clash with the government, is likely to transfer an interim dividend of Rs 300-400 billion ($4.32 billion-$5.

8 billion) to the government by March, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The dividend could help Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration bridge a widening budget deficit following a drop in tax collections, and would come after the government pushed the RBI for the additional funds ahead of a national election.

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