RBI Announces Record Dividend of ₹2.11 Lakh Crore to Government

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The Reserve Bank of India surprises markets with a dividend of ₹2.11 lakh crore to the government, double expectations. This surplus eases government borrowing, lowers fiscal deficit, and boosts capital spending. Analysts anticipate further surplus transfers in the coming fiscal year.

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has declared a historic dividend payout of ₹2.11 lakh crore to the central government for the fiscal year 2023-24, doubling the previous year's figure. This surpasses market predictions, significantly impacting government finances.

Implications for Government Borrowing

The unexpected dividend exceeds the ₹1.02 lakh crore budgeted by the government for dividends from financial institutions. This surplus reduces the government's reliance on market borrowing, thereby influencing yields on 10-year government bonds, which have dropped below 7%.

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Reduction in Fiscal Deficit

Experts anticipate that the surplus transfer will aid in lowering the fiscal deficit and provide additional funds for capital expenditure. The announcement comes as a boon for the new government post-elections, potentially shaping its economic policies.

RBI's dividend calculation includes maintaining a contingent risk buffer at 6.5% of its balance sheet, aligning with recommendations from the Bimal Jalan committee. The transparency in this process reassures markets and investors.

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Future Projections and Market Outlook

Analysts foresee a surplus transfer of ₹1 Lakh Crore in the fiscal year 2024-25, indicating continued financial strength. With public sector banks also reporting record profits and dividends, government revenues are expected to surpass budgeted figures, providing stability to the economy.

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