Budget wrap: Govt likely to borrow Rs 6 lakh cr in 2013/14

With the upcoming budget just three weeks away, here's a list of stories making the rounds in newspapers this morning

Govt likely to borrow more in 2013/14

Market participants expect India, which faces general elections by early 2014, to raise gross borrowing to around Rs 6 lakh crore in the fiscal year that begins on April 1, up from Rs 5.7 lakh crore in 2012/13. The higher borrowing could put pressure on bond yields, reported Business Standard.

In expectations of a higher GDP growth next fiscal and in order to keep the fiscal deficit lower, the government's market is bound to go up. Read more here
Increase in direct taxes or indirect taxes at this stage will not be good for the economy, says Adi Godrej

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The finance minister needs to focus on growth, avoid proposals that create negative perception and note that lower taxes lead to higher collections, CII president Adi Godrej told CNBC-TV18. Moreover, India Inc  is not very happy with the proposals regarding minimum alternate tax (MAT). Neither is it in favour of reports that Budget 2013 could see the revival of inheritance tax nor the delay in implementing goods and service tax. Read more here.

UPA looks to lure middle class with tax-free bonds

The government is expected to unveil a wide range of tax-free savings instruments in the annual budget on February 28 to channelise household funds into large infrastructure projects, reports Hindustan Times.

Such tax-free infrastructure bonds,could be planned through infrastructure companies like India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) as also others banks and financial institutions. Read more here.

Defence Minister AK Antony wants more funds for R&D

The government, which decided to cut defence modernisation budget by Rs 10000 crore  should raise funding for research and development, Defence Minister AK Antony told the Indian Express. He also appealed to the private sector to make use of the defence offsets and put more funds into R&D. Read more here.

With inputs from Reuters