On June 28, Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister, announced relief packages for Covid-affected sectors. The packages include several sectors, including health, tourism, MSME, agriculture, tourism and others.
Nirmala Sitharaman announced a special package to revive tourism sectors. Under the scheme, financial support has been extended to more than 11,000 registered tourist guides, travel and tourism stakeholders. The scheme will cover Regional Level Tourist Guides recognised by the Ministry of Tourism, Tourist Guides recognised by the State Governments and Travel and Tourism Stakeholders (TTS) recognised by the Ministry of Tourism.
Free tourist visa to foreign tourists
The government also announced 5 lakh free tourist visas for foreign tourists visiting India till March 31 2022, or till first 5,00,000 visas are issued. The scheme can be availed for one visit to India. A financial implication of Rs.100 crore will be there.
5️⃣Once tourist visa issuance is resumed, first 5 lakh tourist visas to be issued totally free of charge— PIB in Maharashtra 🇮🇳 (@PIBMumbai) June 28, 2021
Will apply till 31 March 2022 or till the first 5 lakh tourist visas get covered, whichever is earlier
One tourist can avail benefit only once
– FM @nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/ToMb7Xv62O
Loan Guarantee Scheme for COVID Affected Sectors
Finance Minister announced a Rs 1.1 Lakh Crore Loan Guarantee Scheme for Covid affected sectors. Out of the said amount, Rs 50,000 crore have been allotted for the medical sector. The guarantee cover has been expanded to health and medical infrastructure in cities other than eight metropolitan cities. The aim is to improve the medical infrastructure in underserved areas. The government will provide a guarantee cover of 50% for expansion and 75% for new projects.
Another set of 8 items pertaining to growth, exports and employees are also being announced – out of which 6 are totally new – announces Finance Minister @nsitharaman— PIB in Maharashtra 🇮🇳 (@PIBMumbai) June 28, 2021
Watch Live https://t.co/Aar8V0519T pic.twitter.com/7T98UPAnbX
The guarantee will be proved by National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Limited. A maximum loan of Rs 100 crore will be available under this scheme. The interest rate has been capped at 7.95%. The remaining Rs.60,000 crore has been allotted for the other sectors. The interest rate in such a case has been capped at 8.25%.
Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme
The minister announced an additional 1.5 lakh crore for the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme that was launched as part of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Package in May 2020. Sitharaman informed that out of 3 lakh crore earmarked last year, 2.69 crores jas already been dispersed to 1.1 crore units via 12 Public Sector Banks, 25 Private Sector Banks, and 31 Non-banking Financial Companies. While the remaining funds are available for dispersion, the government has earmarked another 1.5 lakh crore for the scheme.
Credit Guarantee Scheme through micro-financing institutes
The government announced Credit Guarantee Scheme to Facilitate Loans to 25 Lakh Persons Through Micro Finance Institutions. Under the scheme, the guarantee will be provided to Scheduled Commercial Banks for loans to new or existing NBFC-MFIs or MFIs for on-lending up to Rs 1.25 lakh to approximately 25 lakh small borrowers. The interest rate has been capped at MCLR+2%, and the tenure for the loan is a maximum of three years.
3️⃣Credit Guarantee Scheme launched to provide loans to small borrowers, via Micro Finance Institutions— PIB in Maharashtra 🇮🇳 (@PIBMumbai) June 28, 2021
Max. loan to individual – ₹ 1.25 lakh, interest rate 2% below RBI prescribed rate
Focus on new loans, stressed borrowers except NPAs to be covered
Loan duration – 3 yrs
– FM pic.twitter.com/3G0EOT7PVG
The existing borrowers can also take advantage of the scheme in case the defaulter period is up to 89 days. The government will provide a guarantee scheme for funding till March 31, 2022, or till guarantees for an amount of Rs.7,500 crore are Issued.
Extension of Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana
The government also announced the extension of Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana. Under the scheme, the government will continue to contribute a total of 24% of the wages for establishment strength up to 1000 employees till March 31, 2022.
Additional Subsidy for DAP & P&K fertilisers
As announced earlier, the government has allocated Rs. 9,125 crore additional subsidy for DAP and Rs.5,650 crore additional subsidy for NPK based complex fertiliser. Notably, this year the government procured a record 432.48 Lakh MT of wheat in Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2021-22.
Extension of Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)
The finance minister revisited the recent announcement made by PM Modi about PMGKAY. The scheme has been extended till November 2020. The total cost of the scheme in 2020-21 was Rs. 133,972 crores. Under the scheme, 5 kg of food grains will be provided free of cost to NBA beneficiaries from May to November 2021.
8️⃣Free food grains (will be provided to the poor from May to November 2021 (as provided last year), under #PradhanMantriGaribKalyanAnnaYojana, as announced earlier— PIB in Maharashtra 🇮🇳 (@PIBMumbai) June 28, 2021
Total financial implication – nearly Rs. 94,000 Crore, making the total cost of PMGKY nearly Rs. 2.28 Lakh Crore pic.twitter.com/UbPECVpmEw
Rs. 23,220 Cr earmarked for pediatric health care
The new scheme announced by the finance minister focuses on short-term emergency preparedness with special emphasis on children and paediatric care/paediatric beds. The amount would be spent in the next one year. It will also include funding for short-term HR augmentation through medical students (interns, residents, final year) and nursing students. The emphasis would be on increasing the availability of ICU beds, oxygen supply at central, district and sub-district level.