Punjab Accept Centre’s Option-1 To Meet GST Compensation ShortfallPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)

Chief Minister (CM) Amarinder Singh led Punjab has joined the list of dissenting states which have given up the fight and opted for the Rs 1.1 lakh crore borrowing option extended by the Centre to address the shortfall in GST compensation, reports Economic Times.

As a result, Punjab will be receiving Rs 8,359 crore through a special borrowing window. It will also be receiving permission to raise an additional sum of Rs 3,033 crore through borrowings (0.5 per cent of the State's GSDP).

Majority of States and Union Territories (UTs) had already chosen to opt for Centre's offer after which the latter had started issuing the funds through back-to-back loans in weekly tranches through a special window coordinated by the Ministry of Finance. As of now, the tally stands at 26 States and three UTs.

As of yet, the MoF has already borrowed Rs 24,000 crore on behalf of the States in four instalments. In addition to this, the 26 States have been facilitated with the permission to borrow an additional sum to the tune of Rs 1,03,273 crore.

It should be noted that while the opposition ruled Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Puducherry have already chosen the aforementioned borrowing option.

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