India's fiscal deficit for the five months through August touched 5.42 trillion Indian rupees ($66.56 billion) or 32.6% of annual estimates, government data showed on Friday.

Net tax receipts rose to about 7 trillion rupees while total expenditure was 13.9 trillion rupees, the data showed.

In February, while presenting the annual budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman set the fiscal deficit target at 6.4% of GDP for 2022/23 starting April, compared to 6.7% in the previous fiscal year. ($1 = 81.4340 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Aftab Ahmed Editing by Mark Heinrich)