List of Economic Relief measures announced by the Government for Startups and Businesses

Alan Joseph Alan Joseph
Jun 30, 2021 4 min read
List of Economic Relief measures announced by the Government for Startups and Businesses

The Covid-19 had created a huge impact on the Indian economy and the lockdown due to the second wave had left a lot of people unemployed and a lot of businesses around the country to be closed down. However, the Government has announced various Economic Reliefs to boost the economy concentrating on various businesses and startups. In this article let’s look at more information on the Economic Relief Measures.

Economic Relief Measures – Latest News
Loan Guarantee Scheme
ECLGS
Support to the Tourism Industry
Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana
Subsidy on Fertilizers
Underwriting of Additional Projects
Other Economic Relief Measures
FAQ

Economic Relief Measures – Latest News

The Finance Minister of the country, Nirmala Sitharaman had addressed the press conference on 28 June 2021 and has discussed about various economic relief measures. The Finance Minister has addressed various reliefs for the sectors affected due to Covid-19.

Loan Guarantee Scheme

The Finance Minister has announced a Loan Guarantee Scheme for the affected sectors due to Covid-19 of around INR 1.1 lakh crore. The Government will provide a guarantee coverage that is 70% for new projects and around 50% for the expansion and the duration for the guarantee will be up to 3 years.

This is concentrated on the health sectors and medical infra specially targeting the underserved areas would get an amount of INR 50,000 crore. Other sectors would get INR 60,000 crore and the interest rates would be around 8.25 % p.a.

ECLGS

The Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme of an additional INR 1.5 lakh crore has been announced. The coverage on Contact-Intensive sectors will be continued and the loan amount that is proposed and the limit of admissible guarantee is expected to increase above 20%.

Support to the Tourism Industry

The Government has announced to provide support to the tourism industry by providing monetary support to more than 11,000 travel and tourism stakeholders and tourist guides. The tourism sector will also be provided with loans under the new loan guarantee scheme for areas affected due to Covid.

The Government has announced that it would provide loans that are 100% guaranteed up to INR 10 lakhs for the Travel and Tourism sector agencies and an amount up to 1 lakh for the licensed tourist guides.

The Finance Minister also announced that they would provide free tourist visas and conveyed that once the issuance of visas is restarted the first 5 lakh visas will be issued free of cost and that is offer will be available only once per person. This scheme will be valid till 31 March 2022 or until the number reached 5 lakh tourists.


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Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana

The Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana has been extended from 30 June 2021 to 21 March 2022. The scheme provides incentives for the employers in order to increase the new employment opportunities through EPPFO.

The Government has also approved an outlay of INR 22,810 crore that is expected to benefit around 58.50 lakh beneficiaries by providing them with a monthly wage of around INR 15,000. So far, the benefits of around INR 902 crore have been given to around 79,577 beneficiary establishments.

Nirmala Sitharaman also stated through the press release that through this scheme from the last October until 18 June 2021 around 2.14 million people have been benefited from around 79,577 establishments.

Subsidy on Fertilizers

An additional subsidy for P&K fertilizers and DAP fertilizers has been announced. The NBS subsidy has been increased to INR 42,275 crore in the FY 2021-22 from INR 27,000 crore in the FY 2020-21. An additional amount of INR 14,755 crore is announced to be provided for DAP as well as NPK based complex fertilizers.

The Government has also conveyed that an amount of INR 85,413 crores has been paid to the farmers.

Underwriting of Additional Projects

The Finance Minister also said that there would be underwriting of the additional export projects through the EXIM bank that is worth around INR 33,000 crore. The Minister also conveyed that in the span of the next 5 years there would be an equity infusion in the Export Credit Guarantee Corp of INR 88,000 crore.

Other Economic Relief Measures

Some of the other announcements during the press release include providing a viability gap funding of INR 19,041 crore for broadband connectivity in villages through Public Private partnerships, flexibility in claiming incentives linked to production by the large-scale electronics manufacturers, etc.

Conclusion

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India had tweeted that the announcements will help in stimulating the economic activities, boost the production and increase the exports as well as increase the employment opportunities.

FAQ

How did Covid 19 impacted Indian economy?

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has been largely disruptive. India's growth in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2020 went down to 3.1%

Is the Visa free under the Economic relief measure by the government?

The first 5 lakh visas will be issued free of cost and the offer is only available once per person.

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