Handbook of statistics on central government debt

The FinMin joins RBI and SEBI to develop its own handbook. This one is on Central Govt Debt and is really useful. You have data not just on debt but on G-sec auctions/T-bills, yield curve etc.

The report says:


The Government has set up a Middle Office (MO) in the Ministry of Finance after the announcement made in the Union Budget 2007-08 to establish an independent Debt Management Office. One of its major functions is to disseminate detailed information on public debt. Currently, the MO publishes a Quarterly Report on Public Debt Management which is placed on the website of the Ministry of Finance.

Data on various facets of debt management is available across diverse sources. There is no publication providing consolidated information on public debt in India. In an attempt to bridge this gap, the MO has prepared the ‘Handbook of Statistics on Central Government Debt’. Most of the data on issuance of bills and bonds and on secondary market operations are sourced from the Reserve Bank’s publications. The cooperation and contribution of the Reserve Bank is, thus, crucial in this publication and highly appreciated. This is the first edition of the Handbook. The data in the Handbook will be updated on an annual basis.

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 (except where not available).

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.

Just two suggestions from ME as of now. First, put them as excel files as well and two, keep extending the series backwards overtime..


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