The government is making available fertilizers to farmers at subsidised prices through fertilizer manufacturers/importers
GN Bureau | November 1, 2017
The cabinet on Wednesday approved Special Banking Arrangement (SBA) for payment of outstanding subsidy to fertilizer companies.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi has accorded approval for implementation of Special Banking Arrangement (SBA) for Rs. 10,000 crore for payment of outstanding claims on account of fertilizer subsidy in the year 2016-17.
CCEA has also approved that, in future, department of fertilizers would avail the SBA with the concurrence of department of expenditure.
Under the SBA, a total loan of Rs. 9,969 crore for settlement of outstanding subsidy bills with SBI was raised by the government. The loan amount along with interest liability on the part of government amounting to Rs. 80.90 crore were paid to SBI.
SBA for an amount of Rs. 10,000 crore for the year 2016-17 has already been implemented/ operationalised to overcome the liquidity problems of the fertiliser companies.
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