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Debt swells to Rs 2.4 lakh cr, Guj Assembly told

Debt swells to Rs 2.4 lakh cr, Guj  Assembly told

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government on Thursday informed the legislative Assembly that the state's public

debt has risen by over Rs 28,000 crore in one year and now stands at Rs 2.4 lakh crore.

Responding to a written query raised by Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar during the Question Hour, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Nitin Patel said as on

December 31 2019, Gujarat owes Rs 2,40,652 crore, a rise

of Rs 28,061 crore from 2018-19.

On Wednesday, Patel had presented a Rs 2,17,287 crore state budget for 2020-21, with healthy allocations to education, health and agriculture sectors.

In a written reply to a sub-question about interest paid on loans taken in the last two years, Patel said in 2017 -18, the state had paid Rs 17,146 crore interest and Rs 13,700 crore as principal amount.

In 2018-19, the government had paid Rs 18,124 crore in interest and Rs 15,440 crore as principal, he added.

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