India’s Fiscal Strategy: Rs 30,000 Crore Government Securities Auction Set for December 1

The Indian government has planned to auction government securities valued at Rs 30,000 crore on December 1, 2023, as part of its borrowing program to meet funding needs. This auction is a significant move in the management of the country’s fiscal requirements.

Auction Details

  1. Securities Being Auctioned: The auction will reissue three government securities:
    • 7.37% Government Security 2028 for Rs 7,000 crore.
    • 7.18% Government Security 2033 for Rs 13,000 crore.
    • 7.30% Government Security 2053 for Rs 10,000 crore​​​​​​.
  2. Total Notified Amount: The cumulative amount aimed to be raised through this auction is Rs 30,000 crore​​​​.
  3. Option for Additional Subscription: The government retains the option to accept additional subscriptions up to Rs 2,000 crore against each of these securities​​​​.

Auction Process

  1. Auction Date and Settlement: The auction is scheduled for December 1, 2023, with the settlement date set for December 4, 2023​​.
  2. Conducting Authority: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will conduct the auction at its Mumbai office​​​​​​.
  3. Bidding Process: The bidding will include both competitive and non-competitive bids. The competitive bids will be submitted using the uniform price method for the 7.37% GS 2028 and the 7.18% GS 2033, and the multiple price method for the 7.30% GS 2053. All bids must be submitted electronically through the RBI Core Banking Solution (E-Kuber) system. The non-competitive bids are to be submitted between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., while competitive bids will be accepted from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the auction day​​​​.
  4. Eligibility for Participation: Various financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, and mutual funds, along with eligible individuals and institutions, can participate in the auction. Up to 5% of the notified amount will be allotted for non-competitive bids​​​​.

Purpose and Impact

  • Fiscal Deficit Financing: Government securities are debt instruments issued by the government to finance its fiscal deficit. They are considered secure investment options​​.
  • Financial Management: Regular auctions of government securities are a standard practice for the government to manage its finances and control the money supply in the economy​​.
  • Transparency and Market Stability: This move reflects the government’s proactive approach to managing its financial obligations and maintaining transparency in the borrowing process, ensuring stability in the financial markets​​.


The upcoming auction of government securities worth Rs 30,000 crore is a critical step in addressing India’s fiscal needs. The structured and competitive bidding process, managed by the RBI, not only aids in funding the government’s fiscal deficit but also contributes to the broader financial stability of the country. This action highlights the government’s commitment to transparent and effective financial management.



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