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FM Nirmala Sitharaman announces economic package for businesses, small borrowers

A file photo of Union Finance Minister Nirmala SitharamanPremium
A file photo of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

  • Nirmala Sitharaman Press Conference Live Updates: The Finance Minister has announced a credit guarantee scheme to facilitate loans to 25 lakh borrowers under micro-finance institutions (MFIs)
  • The FM has also announced 60,000 crore relief for other sectors. The interest rate is capped at 8.25 p.a. Read to know more

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is addressing a press conference today. The Ministry of Finance, in a tweet, informed that the press briefing will start at 3 pm.

There are expectations that the government will announce some stimulus measures to boost the economy, which has been hit by the second wave of coronavirus. Last year, the government had announced multiple rounds of stimulus measures to help stressed sectors withstand the Covid-19 pandemic.

News agency PTI, citing sources, reported that a high-level panel, headed by the cabinet secretary, recently held a meeting to thrash out various regulatory and administrative issues on bank privatisation.

In her Budget Speech on 1 February, FM Sitharaman had announced that the government proposes to take up the privatisation of two public sector banks (PSBs) and one general insurance company in the year 2021-22.

The government last year consolidated 10 public sector banks into four and as a result, the total number of PSBs came down to 12 from 27 in March 2017.

Catch all the live updates here:

  • New streamlined process for PPP projects and asset monetisation.

New policy will be formulated for appraisal and approval of PPP projects and monetization of crore infrastructure assets, including through InvITs.

  • 3.03 lakh crore for reform based result linked power distribution scheme, says FM Sitharaman. 25 crore smart meters, 10,000 feeders, 4 lakh km of LT overhead lines planned.
  • The govt today announced the extension of the tenure of the PLI scheme for large-scale electronic manufacturing.
  • Under Digital India, an additional 19,041 crore for broadband to each village through BharatNet PPP Model, announces FM Sitharaman.
  • Centre proposes to infuse equity in ECGC over five years to boost export insurance cover by 88,000 crore.
  • 33,000 crore boost for project exports through NEIA (national export insurance account).
  • FM announces measures for doubling farming income.
  • 23, 220 crore more sharpy focussing on children and pediatric cares and public health.
  • Under Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana, 5 kg of food grains will be provided free of cost to NFSA beneficiaries from May to November this year.
  • Estimated financial implication -- 93,869 crore, bringing the total cost to 2,27,841 crore.
  • FM Sitharaman announces additional support for DAP and NPK fertilisers. A subsidy of 14,775 crore to be provided for DAP and NPK fertilisers. 9,125 crore for DAP and 5,650 crore for NPK-based complex fertilisers.
  • The Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, announced in 2020 where both the Employee's and Employer's share of contribution of EPFO was borne by the govt, will be extended till March 31, 2022, says FM Sitharaman.

  • Tourist visas to be provided free of cost to the first 500,000 tourists after the process starts till March next year. FM also announced financial support to over 11,000 registered tourist guides/travel and tourism stakeholders through the loan guarantee scheme for Covid-affected sectors.
  • FM Sitharaman today extended relief measures to revive the tourism sector. Financial support of 11,000 registered tourist guides or travel and tourism stakeholders.
  • Working capital/personal loans to be extended to people in the tourism sector to discharge liabilities or restart business
  • The FM said that the New Credit Guarantee Scheme announced will facilitate loans to 25 lakh persons via MFIs; loan amount up to 1.25 lakh per individual, duration of three years. The interest rate will be at least 2% below the maximum prescribed by RBI.
  • FM Sitharaman also said that sector-wise details will be finalised after assessing the need going forward.
  • The loan gurantee scheme also includes 50,000 crore for the health sector. 60,000 crore in addition for other sectors.
  • 1.5 lakh crore emergency credit line guarantee scheme has been announced under the Atmanirbhar Bharat programme.
  • The Finance Minister says that one item will be specific to health infrastructure, while eight other items, will be pertaining to growth in general and exports
  • 1.1 lakh crore loan guarantee scheme for Covid-affected sectors have been announced by FM Sitharaman.
  • FM Sitharaman says today we will announce some relief measures -- 8 measures to be announced, 4 of which are new.
  • FM Sitharaman will address the press as the country braces for the third wave of Covid-19. The Finance Minister will likely extend some economic relief measures for the sectors badly hit due to the second wave of Covid-19.


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