The RBI on Friday stated the present interim Ways and Means Advances (WMA) limit of Rs 51,560 crore for all states and Union Territories will proceed as much as September 30, 2021, because the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be prevalent. WMAs are temporary advances given by the RBI to the federal government to tide over any mismatch in receipts and funds.
The RBI stated it has revised the WMA Scheme of States and Union Territories (UTs) based mostly on the suggestions of the Advisory Committee on WMA to state governments. The WMA limit arrived at by the Committee based mostly on whole expenditure of States/ UTs, works out to Rs 47,010 crore.
“As the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is still prevalent, the existing interim WMA limit of Rs 51,560 crore for all States/ UTs shall continue for six months i.e., up to September 30, 2021,” it stated in an announcement.
The Reserve Bank will evaluate the WMA limit thereafter, relying on the course of the pandemic and its affect on the economic system, the central financial institution stated.
It additional stated Special Drawing Facility (SDF) availed by state governments and UTs will proceed to be linked to the quantum of their investments in marketable securities issued by the Government of India, together with the Auction Treasury Bills (ATBs).
The web annual incremental investments in Consolidated Sinking Fund (CSF) and Guarantee Redemption Fund (GRF) will proceed to be eligible for availing of SDF, with none higher limit. CSF and GRF are reserve funds maintained by some State Governments with the Reserve Bank of India.
“A uniform hair cut of 5 per cent shall be applied on the market value of securities, for determining the operating limit of SDF on a daily basis,” the RBI stated.
Interest price on SDF, WMA and Overdraft will proceed to be linked to the coverage price (repo) of the Reserve Bank.
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