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Indirect tax collections show economy is improving, says CEA Arvind Subramanian

Indirect tax revenue jumped over 37 per cent to over Rs 2.1 lakh crore in April-July of the current fiscal on the back of higher excise duty mop-up.

Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian (Photo: Reuters) Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian (Photo: Reuters)

Chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian has said a steady growth in indirect tax collections in the first four months of 2015-16 reflects that underlying momentum in the economy is improving.

According to government data released on Tuesday, indirect tax revenue jumped over 37 per cent to over Rs 2.1 lakh crore in April-July of the current fiscal on the back of higher excise duty mop-up.

"These collections indicate that the underlying momentum in the economy continues to improve across all sectors," Subramanian told reporters on Wednesday. "The growth in underlying indirect tax collection... for the first four months... suggest increase in nominal GDP growth," he said.

In April-July, the excise collections jumped 75.4 per cent to Rs 83,454 crore. While revenues from service tax rose 20.1 per cent to Rs 60,925 crore, those from Customs surged 21 per cent to Rs 66,076 crore.

"The excise duty collection reflects hike in excise duty on diesel and petrol, withdrawal of exemptions for motor vehicles and the increase in service tax in June. It also includes Customs collections data, which have also been helped by rupee depreciation of 6 per cent between April and July," Subramanian said.