Centre releases ₹6,000 cr to states, UTs to meet GST compensation shortfall1 min read . Updated: 11 Jan 2021, 07:05 PM IST
The Finance Ministry today released the 11th instalment of ₹6,000 crore to states and UTs to meet the GST compensation shortfall, taking the total amount provided so far under this window to ₹66,000 crore
NEW DELHI : The Finance Ministry on Monday released the 11th instalment of ₹6,000 crore to states and UTs to meet the GST compensation shortfall, taking the total amount provided so far under this window to ₹66,000 crore.
The Centre had set up a special borrowing window in October 2020 to meet the estimated shortfall of ₹1.10 lakh crore in revenue arising on account of implementation of GST.
The Ministry of Finance in a statement said it has released the 11th weekly instalment of ₹6,000 crore to states/Union Territories to meet the GST compensation shortfall.
Out of this, ₹5,516.60 crore has been released to 23 states and ₹483.40 crore to the three Union Territories (UTs) with Legislative Assembly (Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir and Puducherry), who are members of the GST Council.
The remaining five states, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim do not have a gap in revenue on account of GST implementation, it said.
"The amount has been borrowed this week at an interest rate of 5.10%. So far, an amount of ₹66,000 crore has been borrowed by the central government through the special borrowing window at an average interest rate of 4.72%," the statement said.
The borrowings under the special window have been done in 11 rounds and the amount borrowed so far was released to the states on October 23, November 2, November 9, November 23, December 1, December 7, December 14, December 21, December 28, 2020, and January 4 and January 11 this year.
Out of this, ₹60,066.36 crore has been released to states and ₹5,933.64 crore to the 3 UTs with Legislative Assembly.
In addition to providing funds through the special borrowing window to meet the shortfall in revenue on account of GST implementation, the Centre has also granted additional borrowing permission equivalent to 0.50% of gross state domestic product (GSDP) to states to help them mobilise more financial resources.
Permission for borrowing the entire additional amount of ₹1,06,830 lakh crore (0.50% of GSDP) has been granted to 28 states under this provision, the statement added.