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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a proposal to enhance the limit of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) by 50,000 crore to 5 lakh crore.

The additional amount will be earmarked exclusively for enterprises in hospitality and related sectors.

"The increase has been done on account of the severe disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic on hospitality and related enterprises," according to an official statement released after the union cabinet meeting.

ECLGS is a continuing scheme. The additional amount of 50,000 crore would be made applicable to enterprises in hospitality and related sectors till the validity of the scheme which is 31st March 2023, the statement said.

ECLGS is an already operational scheme and on account of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitality and related sectors, the Government has specifically earmarked an amount of 50,000 crore for enterprises in these sectors.

The enhancement is expected to provide much-needed relief to enterprises in these sectors by incentivizing lending institutions to provide additional credit of up to 50,000 crore at low cost, thereby enabling these business enterprises to meet their operational liabilities and continue their businesses.

Loans of about 3.67 Lakh crore have been sanctioned under ECLGS till 5th August 2022, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Finance.

The ongoing pandemic has adversely impacted contact-intensive sectors, especially the hospitality and related sectors more severely. While other sectors were back faster on the path of recovery, demand continued to be subdued for these sectors for longer period, suggesting the need for suitable interventions for their sustenance and recovery. Further, given their high employment intensity and their direct and indirect linkages with other sectors, their revival is also necessary for supporting overall economic recovery.

Recognising this, in Union Budget 2022-23, it was announced to extend the validity of ECLGS up to March 2023 and increase in the limit of guaranteed cover of ECLGS by 50,000 crore to total cover of 5 Lakh core, with the additional amount being earmarked exclusively for the enterprises in hospitality and related sectors.

"With high immunization levels, progressive roll-back of restrictions and overall economic recovery, conditions are in place for sustained growth in demand for these sectors as well. This additional guarantee cover is expected to support the recovery of these sectors as well. This additional guarantee cover is expected to support the recovery of these sectors," the Finance Ministry said.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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