Govt may cut food subsidy bill by 20 per cent in Budget

The sources said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was likely to set the total budget for subsidies at about $32 billion, down from $40 billion in the current financial year.

Manoj Kumar   New Delhi     Last Updated: February 20, 2015  | 15:07 IST
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (Photo: Reuters)

Govt may slash its food and fuel subsidy bill by 20 per cent, or about $8 billion, in the annual Budget to be presented next week, two government sources said.

The sources said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was likely to set the total budget for subsidies at about $32 billion, down from $40 billion in the current financial year.

The numbers imply four-fifths or $6.5 billion of the total savings will come from lower fuel subsidy costs. Other subsidy costs will only be cut by around 5 per cent.

(Reuters)

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