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'India's high GDP growth has continued'
May 20, 2019

High GDP growth has continued over the medium term despite fluctuations, said the Finance Commission recently.
 
The Commission made these observations during its meeting with the Finance Ministry. 
 
The Commission observed that the GDP numbers have somewhat fluctuated within the overall global trend which suggests continued high growth trend over the medium term. The Commission also noted that the revenue projections on the Direct Taxes are healthy though on Indirect Taxes, there have been periodic fluctuations. 
 
On the expenditure trend, there were discussions in regard to the rationalisation of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes in sync with the new life cycle, they being co-terminus with the Finance Commissions, the Finance Ministry said. 
 
Detailed discussions have continued over the last few months with the Finance Ministry on the issues of the consequences of UDAY and the 7th Pay Commission, particularly in the context of the finances of the states. 
 
It presented before the Commission some preliminary views of the government on the Commission's Financial Terms of Reference. 
 
The economic development in the last five years were analysed in detail with specific focus on growth, investments, industrial production, banking and payments, inflation and monetary policy, the external sector, and the medium-term outlook. 
 
The Ministry made its projections for 2018-19 and 2019-20 to the Commission, along with its projections for the award period of the Commission (2020-21 to 2024-25). 
 
The ministry also gave some accounts and overviews of the receipt and expenditure forecast including a fiscal overview of the 14th and the 15th Commissions, both as percentage of the GDP and of the GRR (growth rate of return).
    

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