Govt to take into account risks associated with sovereign bonds: CEA

Chief Economic Adviser K.V Subramanian said the government will take into account all risks associated with the issuance of sovereign bonds in overseas markets.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Budget for 2019-20 announced that the government would start raising a part of its gross borrowing programme from external markets in foreign currencies.

India's sovereign external debt-to-GDP level is among the lowest globally at less than 5 per cent, she added.

"We have outlined the thought behind it (sovereign bond issue) and we are very much cognizant of what we need to navigate carefully. We will factor in (all the risks and benefits) into the discussion," Subramanian said on the sidelines of an event.

There is a need to manage the risks associated with overseas sovereign borrowings, he said.

The government is aiming to issue sovereign bonds in the second half of the current fiscal.

Overseas borrowing will be part of the overall borrowing programme of the government.

The government will borrow Rs 4.48 lakh crore from the market in 2019-20, higher than the Rs 4.22 lakh crore in the previous year to meet the fiscal deficit.

The gross borrowing for the current financial year has been raised to Rs 7.1 lakh crore from Rs 5.71 lakh crore in 2018-19.

(with news agency inputs)