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Growth and Structure of Outstanding Public Debt in Himachal Pradesh

Vol 6, Issue 1, January - June 2019 | Pages: 18-27 | Research Paper  

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1. * Rakesh Kumar Pushap, Assistant Professor, Government College Palampur HPU, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India (

Accumulation of previous year’s public debt is termed as outstanding public debt and can be defined precisely as a burden on economy. Higher amount of outstanding public debt leads to debt servicing which implies expenditure made on interest payments and repayment of public debt. In Himachal Pradesh, outstanding public debt increased at the rate of 13.26 per cent and 13.99 per cent in pre and post reform period respectively. Present study covers a period of 35 years (1980-81 to 2014-15) which is divided into two broad heads i.e. pre and post reform period. To understand the debt burden of outstanding public debt, various indicators have been formulated and compared with National Level. Outstanding public debt as percentage to GSDP, which is one of the important indicators of the study, is quite poorly placed in Himachal Pradesh as compared to the national level. However, it was also found out that the state has achieved its targets regarding this ratio as recommended by 13th Finance Commission.


Public debt; Himachal Pradesh; GSDP; Interest payment

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