Coronavirus Outbreak: Finance ministry allows states to borrow Rs 3.20 lakh cr from market

The Finance Ministry has allowed all states to borrow a cumulative Rs 3.20 lakh crore from the market between April-December

Press Trust of India April 08, 2020 18:25:05 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Finance ministry allows states to borrow Rs 3.20 lakh cr from market

New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has allowed all states to borrow a cumulative Rs 3.20 lakh crore from the market between April-December.

The move comes amid states' demand for higher funds from the Centre to meet the expenses in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to the RBI, the ministry said that the Centre has decided to permit states to raise open market borrowing on the basis of 50 percent the net borrowing ceiling fixed for the year 2020-21 for financing the states's annual plan for the fiscal.

Coronavirus Outbreak Finance ministry allows states to borrow Rs 320 lakh cr from market

Representational image. Reuters

As per the letter by the Department of Expenditure to the RBI, 28 states have been allowed to borrow a cumulative Rs 3,20,481 crore from markets on an ad-hoc basis for the first nine months of the current fiscal.

Click here to follow LIVE updates on coronavirus outbreak

Accordingly, West Bengal can borrow Rs 20,362 crore, Maharashtra (Rs 46,182 crore), Uttar Pradesh (Rs 29,108 crore), Karnataka (Rs 27,054 crore), Gujarat (Rs 26,112 crore) and Rajasthan (Rs 16,387 crore).

"RBI is requested to make necessary arrangement in consultation with the state government to raise the open market borrowing," the letter said.

It also said that further consent for raising open market borrowing during April-December will be processed after receiving complete information from states.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday permitted state governments and Union territories (UTs) greater flexibility for availing overdraft facilities with immediate effect till September 30. The facility will now be available for 21 days as against the earlier 14 days.

Updated Date:

also read

At 1,118, Delhi records 82 % rise in daily Covid-19 cases
Health

At 1,118, Delhi records 82 % rise in daily Covid-19 cases

Delhi on Monday reported 614 new COVID-19 cases and zero death due to the disease, while the positivity rate stood at 7.06 per cent

Maharashtra COVID-19 surge continues, state adds 2,956 cases, 4 deaths; active tally tops 18,000
Health

Maharashtra COVID-19 surge continues, state adds 2,956 cases, 4 deaths; active tally tops 18,000

Mumbai recorded 1,724 fresh cases, accounting for a bulk of the statewide infections, and two fatalities linked to respiratory illness

Delhi COVID-19 update: 795 new cases reported in last 24 hours, positivity rate increases to 4.11%
India

Delhi COVID-19 update: 795 new cases reported in last 24 hours, positivity rate increases to 4.11%

Delhi's COVID-19 tally has now increased to 19,12,063, while the death toll stood at 26,218, the city's health department said in its bulletin