Andhra Pradesh gets nod to borrow Rs 2,655 crore

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Highlights

  • The state achieves the target set by Union ministry of finance for capital expenditure
  • All the states which meet the target are allowed additional borrowing of 0.25% of their GSDP
  • The review is conducted every quarter of the financial year

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh has achieved the target set by the ministry of finance for the capital expenditure in the first quarter of 2021-22 and as an incentive is now allowed to borrow an additional open market borrowing equivalent to 0.25 per cent of its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). This additional borrowing means that AP could now go in for an additional borrowing of Rs 2, 655.

Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have also achieved the target.

All these states have been granted permission by the department of expenditure to borrow an additional amount of Rs 15,721 crore. Additional financial resources thus made available will help the states in pushing their capital expenditure further.

The capital expenditure has a high multiplier effect, enhances the future productive capacity of the economy, and results in a higher rate of economic growth. Accordingly, out of the net borrowing ceiling (NBC) of 4 per cent of GSDP for the states for 2021-22, 0.50 per cent of GSDP was earmarked for incremental capital expenditure to be incurred by the states during 2021-22. The target for incremental capital expenditure for each state to qualify for this incremental borrowing was fixed by the department of expenditure.

To become eligible for incremental borrowing, states were required to achieve at least 15 per cent of the target set for 2021-22 by the end of first quarter of 2021-22, 45 per cent by the end of second quarter, 70 per cent by the end of third quarter and 100 per cent by March 31, 2022.

Next review of capital expenditure of states will be undertaken by the department of expenditure in December, 2021. In this round, capital expenditure achieved by the states till September 30, 2021 will be assessed.

Third review will be done in the month of March, 2022 on the basis of capital expenditure incurred by the state during the first three quarters of the year 2021-22.

The capital expenditure-linked borrowing ceiling of 0.50 per cent of GSDP will be allowed to those states who will achieve actual capital expenditure of at least 45 per cent of the target by September 30, 2021 or 70 per cent of the target by December 31, 2021.

There would be a final review of actual capital expenditure by the states in June, 2022. Any shortfall/deficiency in actual capital expenditure for the year 2021-22 by the state in comparison with the targeted capital expenditure for the year 2021-22, will be adjusted from the borrowing ceiling of the state for the year 2022-23.

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