Kathmandu, February 12
Owing to the failure of the government to boost capital spending, the Ministry of Finance has revised downward the budget size for the ongoing fiscal year by Rs 147 billion.
Unveiling the mid-term review report of the budget for fiscal year 2019-20 today, Minister for Finance Yubaraj Khatiwada informed that the budget has been revised down to Rs 1.385 trillion with estimation that 90.4 per cent of the budget for this fiscal will be spent.
On May last year, the government had presented a federal budget of Rs 1.532 trillion for fiscal 2019-20.
Khatiwada has revised down the budget structure for the second consecutive year as budget spending has remained lethargic even this year. The government managed to spend merely Rs 422 billion or 27.6 per cent of the allocated budget for fiscal year 2019-20 in the first half.
Khatiwada informed that the government has managed to spend 309 billion or 32.4 per cent of allocated recurrent budget in the first half of 2019-20.
Similarly, Rs 62.76 billion or 15.4 per cent of allocated capital budget for this fiscal year has been spent in the six months, while Rs 50.17 bi