Centre Approves Capital Projects Worth Rs 2,903.80 Crore In Eight States Including MP, Maharashtra And Telangana

by Swarajya Staff - Sep 25, 2021 05:12 AM
Centre Approves Capital Projects Worth Rs 2,903.80 Crore In Eight States Including MP, Maharashtra And TelanganaMinistry of Finance. (GettyImages)

The Ministry of Finance has approved capital projects of Rs 2,903.80 crore in eight states under the ‘Special Assistance to States for Capital Expenditure for 2021-22’ scheme, an official release said on Saturday (25 September).

The ministry has also released an amount of Rs 1,393.83 crore to these states namely Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Sikkim and Telangana.

In view of a higher multiplier effect of capital expenditure, the ‘Special Assistance to States for Capital Expenditure for 2021-22' scheme was launched in April this year to provide the much needed resources to the states in the wake of second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the scheme, special assistance is being provided to the state governments in the form of 50-year interest free loan up to an overall sum not exceeding Rs 15,000 crore during the financial year 2021-22, the Ministry of Finance said in a release.

The scheme has three parts:

Part-I: This part of the scheme is for the eight North East states i.e. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura, and for the hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Under this part, Rs 200 crore has been allocated each of the seven North-East States and Rs 400 crore each has been allocated to the states of Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Part-II: This part of the scheme is for all other states not included in Part-I. An amount of Rs 7,400 crore is allocated for this part. This amount has been allocated amongst these States in proportion to their share of central taxes as per the award of the 15th Finance Commission for the year 2021-22.

Part-III: This part of the scheme is for providing incentives to state governments for privatization/disinvestment of the State Public Sector Enterprises (SPSEs) and monetisation/recycling of assets. Under this part, states will be provided additional funds under the scheme over and above their allocation under Part-I or Part-II. An amount of Rs 5,000 crore is allocated for this part of the scheme. For this part, there is no State specific allocation and funds will be provided on “First-come First-served basis”.

A similar scheme entitled ‘Special Assistance to States for Capital Expenditure for 2020-21' was also launched by the Ministry of Finance in the last financial year. Under the scheme, capital expenditure proposals of Rs 11,911.79 crore of 27 states were approved by the Finance Ministry's Department of Expenditure and an amount of Rs 11,830.29 crore was released to the states in 2020-21.

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