Centre has granted permission for additional mobilise additional financial resources to the tune of Rs 16,728 crore through open market borrowings to five states.
The permission has been granted as the state have so far completed the stipulated reforms in the ease of doing business. These states are Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, said a Finance Ministry statement.
In view of the resource requirement to meet the challenges posed by the pandemic, the government had on May 17, 2020 enhanced the borrowing limit of the states by 2 per cent of their GSDP. Half of this special dispensation was linked to undertaking citizen centric reforms by the states.
The four citizen centric areas for reforms identified were implementation of ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ system, ease of doing business reform, urban local body or utility reforms and power sector reforms.
So far 10 states have implemented the One Nation One Ration Card system, five States have done ‘ease of doing business’ reforms, and two states have done local body reforms.
Besides additional borrowing permissions, the states completing three out of the