“This first issue of the Handbook presents time-series data covering outstanding debt, primary issuance of bills and bonds, and secondary market transactions in government securities. The data goes back to at least 10 years,” Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in the foreword of the handbook.
The government had set up the Middle Office (MO) in the Ministry of Finance after the 2007-08 budget to establish an independent Debt Management Office.
“I trust the Handbook will be useful for financial market entities, policy makers, research scholars, and the general public in understanding and analyzing issues relating to debt and liabilities of the central government.
Continual efforts will be made for improvement in the coverage, content and timely dissemination of data. Any comments/suggestions to improve the quality of data and transparency are welcome,” the release said which was signed by Chidambaram. >> Read More