New Delhi: The Ministry of Finance stated in a press communication that it has released the 7th weekly installment of Rs. 6,000 crores to the states to meet the GST compensation shortfall. Out of this, an amount of Rs. 5,516.60 crore has been released to 23 states and an amount of Rs. 483.40 crore has been released to the 3 Union Territories (UT) with a Legislative Assembly (Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), and Puducherry) who are members of the GST Council. The 5 remaining states, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim do not have a gap in revenue on account of GST implementation.
The Finance Ministry apprised that the Government of India had set up a special borrowing window in October 2020 to meet the estimated shortfall of Rs. 1.10 lakh crore in revenue arising on account of implementation of GST. The borrowings are being done through this window by the Government of India on behalf of the States and UTs. The borrowings have been done in 7 rounds. The amount borrowed so far was released to the states on 23rd October, 2nd November, 9th November, 23rd November, 1st December, 7th December, and 14th December 2020.
The amount released this week was the 7th instalment of such funds provided to the states. The amount has been borrowed this week at an interest rate of 5.1348%. So far, an amount of Rs. 42,000 crore has been borrowed by the Central Government through the special borrowing window at an average interest rate of 4.7712%.
According to the press communication, in addition to providing funds through the special borrowing window to meet the shortfall in revenue on account of GST implementation, the Government of India has also granted additional borrowing permission equivalent to 0.5% of Gross States Domestic Product (GSDP) to the states choosing Option-I to meet GST compensation shortfall, to help them in mobilising additional financial resources. All states have been given their preference for Option-I. Permission for borrowing the entire additional amount of Rs. 1,06,830 crore (0.5% of GSDP) has been granted to 28 states under this provision.
The amount of additional borrowing permission granted to 28 States and the amount of funds raised through the special window and released to the States and Union Territories so far is provided in the table below.
State-wise additional borrowing of 0.5 percent of GSDP allowed and amount of funds raised through special window passed on to the States/UTs till 14th December 2020. (Rs. amounts in crore)
|S. No.||Name of State/UT||Additional borrowing of 0.5 percent allowed to States||Amount of funds raised through a special window passed on to the States/UTs|
|2.||Jammu & Kashmir||Not applicable||1037.91|
|Total (B):||Not applicable||4000.04|
|Grand Total (A+B)||106830||42000|
* These States have ‘NIL’ GST compensation gap
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