Coronavirus Outbreak: Reserve Bank relaxes overdraft facility norms for states, UTs
The Reserve Bank on Tuesday relaxed norms for state governments to avail overdraft facilities for a longer period until 30 September as they are facing cashflow mismatches amid coronavirus outbreak leading to countrywide lockdown
New Delhi: The Reserve Bank on Tuesday relaxed norms for state governments to avail overdraft facilities for a longer period until 30 September as they are facing cashflow mismatches amid coronavirus outbreak leading to countrywide lockdown.
In a circular, the central bank said it has permitted "greater space" to state governments/ Union Territories for availing overdraft facilities.
In order to provide greater flexibility to the state governments to tide over their cashflow mismatches, the RBI has increased the number of days for which a state can be in overdraft.
The number of days for which a State/ UT can be in overdraft continuously has been increased to 21 working days from the current stipulation of 14 working days.
Similarly, the number of days for which a State/ UT can be in overdraft in a quarter has been increased to 50 working days from the current 36 working days.
All other stipulations remain unchanged. The new arrangement will come into force with immediate effect and will remain valid till 30 September, 2020, the circular added.
With an aim to check the spread of coronavirus both the central as well as the state governments have taken a slew of measures, including enforcing social distancing among the public.
A nationwide lockdown has been implemented till 14 April which has adversely impacted economic activities and governments have started diverting their resources to deal with the pandemic.
The Governor said PAs play an important role in the payments ecosystem and hence were brought under regulations in March 2020 and designated as Payment System Operators
The active cases comprise 0.11 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 98.71 per cent, the health ministry said
According to the RBI, premature redemption can be done only if the buyer approaches the concerned post office/bank at least one day prior to the coupon payment date. The money will be credited to the designated bank account of the investor