MUMBAI (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s said on Thursday India’s budget for the 2013/14 fiscal year would have no impact on the country’s sovereign credit ratings, warning there was potential for the government to exceed its budgeted spending.
S&P also said there had been “little progress” in structural reforms to reduce the “vulnerability” in the government’s fiscal position.
S&P last year cut its outlook on India‘s “BBB-minus” sovereign ratings to “negative,” threatening to push the country into sub-investment category.
(Chidambaram calls for tough choices, click http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/02/28/india-union-budget-2013-growth-idINDEE91R03G20130228)
(Rich taxpayers to pay 10 percent surcharge, click http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/02/28/india-budget-tax-surcharge-1-crore-idINDEE91R05I20130228?type=economicNews)
(Budget 2013 highlights, click http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/02/28/india-union-budget-2013-chidambaram-idINDEE91R03C20130228)
(Reporting by Rafael Nam; Editing by Anand Basu)