New Delhi [India], February 20 (ANI): Department of Expenditure of Ministry of Finance on Friday released the 17th weekly installment of Rs 5,000 crore to the states to meet the Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation shortfall.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Finance on Saturday, out of this, an amount of Rs 4,730.41 crore has been released to 23 states and an amount of Rs 269.59 crore has been released to the three Union Territories (UT) with the Legislative Assembly (Delhi, Jammu and 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.
Notably, till now, 91 per cent of the total estimated GST compensation shortfall has been released to the states and UTs with Legislative Assemblies. Out of this, an amount of Rs 91,460.34 crore has been released to the states and an amount of Rs 8,539.66 crore has been released to Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry.
The Government of India had set up a special borrowing window in October 2020 to meet the estimated shortfall of Rs 1.10 lakh crore in revenue arising on account of implementation of GST.
The borrowings are being done through this window by the Government of India on behalf of the states and UTs. According to the Ministry of Finance, 17 rounds of borrowings have been completed so far starting from October 23, 2020.
"Under the special window, the Government of India has been borrowing in government stock with a tenor of 3 years and 5 years. The borrowing made under each tenor is equally divided among all the states as per their GST compensation shortfall. With the current release, the proportionate pending GST shortfall with respect to borrowing under 5 years tenure has been concluded for 16 states and two UTs. These states and UTs were onboard for GST compensation release from the first Installment," said the Ministry.
It said the amount released this week was the 17th installment of such funds provided to the states. "The amount has been borrowed this week at an interest rate of 5.5924 per cent. So far, an amount of Rs 1,00,000 crore has been borrowed by the Central government through the special borrowing window at an average interest rate of 4.8307 per cent," it added.
In addition to providing funds through the special borrowing window to meet the shortfall in revenue on account of GST implementation, the central government has also granted additional borrowing permission equivalent to 0.50 per cent of Gross States Domestic Product (GSDP) to the states choosing Option-I to meet GST compensation shortfall to help them in mobilising additional financial resources.
"All the states have given their preference for Option-I. Permission for borrowing the entire additional amount of Rs 1,06,830 crore (0.50 per cent of GSDP) has been granted to 28 states under this provision," the ministry said. (ANI)