FM Sitharaman announces Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 stimulus package worth Rs 2.65 lakh crore

Highlights of finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat stimulus 3.0.

Highlights of finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat stimulus 3.0

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced 12 new measures under the new Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 stimulus package worth Rs 2.65 lakh crore to boost the Indian economy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While briefing finance minister highlighted the current state of the economy. The minister said, ‘energy consumption grew 12 per cent year-on-year in October, bank credit growth is up 5.1 per cent and stock markets are at a record high.’

Nirmala Sitharaman also highlighted about Aatmanirbhar Bharat 1.0 stimulus. Sitharaman said that 28 states/union territories (UTs) have been brought under the national portability of ration cards with effect from September 1. 26.2 lakh loan applications were received under the PM SVANidhi scheme for street vendors, she said. Adding further, the minister said that credit boost has been given to 2.5 crore farmers through Kisan Credit Cards and Rs 1.4 lakh crore has been distributed to farmers. While, separate proposals from 21 states for Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana worth Rs 1,700 crore has been sanctioned.

Speaking of the Emergency Credit Liquidity Guarantee Scheme, the minster highlighted that an amount of Rs 2.05 lakh crore has been sanctioned to 61 lakh borrowers, out of which Rs 1.52 lakh crore has been disbursed. Rs 1.18 lakh crore has been sanctioned to discoms of 17 states/UTs.

Highlights of finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat stimulus 3.0

  • The finance minister announced Rs 900 crore R&D grant for vaccine development of COVID-19.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman announced the new Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana with an aim to incentivise the creation of new jobs. The new employees hired by EPFO-registered organisations will get benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Yojana will come into effect from October 1 and EPFO registered establishments – if they take in new employees or those who lost jobs earlier – these employees stand to get some benefits. If new employees are recruited from October 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, the establishments will be covered for the next two years.
  • The minister highlighted that the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme worth Rs 1.46 lakh crore is being offered to 10 sectors which will help boost the competitiveness of domestic manufacturing. A total amount of nearly Rs 1.5 lakh crore has been earmarked across sectors, for the next five years.
  • The finance minister announced an additional outlay of Rs 18,000 crore over budget estimate towards PM Awas Yojana Urban which will help ground 12 lakh houses and complete 18 lakh houses.
  • Additional outlay of Rs 10,000 crore being provided for PM Garib Kalyan Rozgar Yojana in the ongoing financial year FY21, the finance minister announced which is likely to create additional 78 lakh jobs and improve production and sale of steel and cement, resulting in a multiplier effect on the economy, the government informed.
  • Rs 10,200 crore additional budget stimulus will be provided for capital and industrial expenditure on defence equipment, industrial infrastructure and green energy.
  • Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for MSMEs, businesses, MUDRA borrowers and individuals (loans for business purposes), has been extended till March 31, 2021, Sitharaman announced. Entities in 26 stressed sectors identified by Kamath Committee plus healthcare sector with outstanding credit of above Rs 50 crore and up to Rs 500 crore will be covered under this.
  • The minister announced that performance security on contracts in the construction/infrastructure sector will be reduced to 3 per cent vs 5-10 per cent. EMD will not be required for bid tenders and will be replaced by Bid Security Declaration. The relaxations will be applicable till December 31, 2021.
  • For farmer’s aid the minister announced Rs 65,000 crore fertilizer subsidy.
  • The finance minister announced tax relief for developers and home buyers for houses up to Rs 2 crore. The differential between circle rate and agreement value in real estate income tax is being increased from 10 per cent to 20 per cent with effect from today till June 30, 2021, for primary sale of residential units up to Rs 2 crore.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman also pointed out that the government would make a Rs 6,000 crore equity infusion into the debt platform of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), which will help the NIIF in raising Rs 1.1 lakh crore by 2025 for infrastructure projects financing.
  • Sitharaman announced an additional Rs 3,000 crore which will be released to EXIM Bank for the project exports through IDEAS scheme.