Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 12
The government on Thursday announced stimulus measures estimated at Rs 2.65 lakh crore in a bid to revive the economy.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the stimulus under Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 would take the economy on a high growth path at a time when the macro-economic indicators were pointing towards recovery. The measures range from subsidy for job creation to relaxed tax norms for sale of houses.
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- Rs1.46 lakh cr production-linked incentive for 10 sectors
- Rs18,000 cr for Prime Minister Awas Yojana (Urban)
- Rs10,200 cr for domestic defence equipment
- Rs900 cr grant for Covid vaccine research
- Rs65,000 cr subsidy for increased use of fertilisers
- Rs10,000 cr for PM Garib Kalyan Yojana
- Rs3,000 cr to Exim Bank for overseas projects
Under a new job creation scheme — the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana — the Centre will bear the PF contribution for new employees in the private sector. The offer will be valid for two years on new hires at less than Rs 15,000 per month.
To facilitate the sale of housing units whose value has fallen, income tax rules will be relaxed to allow primary or first sale of units of up to Rs 2 crore at a price that can be 20 per cent below the stamp duty circle rate.
Currently, the law restricts differential between circle rate and agreement value at 10 per cent. “This will help clear the inventory of housing units,” said Sitharaman. For the industry, the Finance Minister announced an extension of Rs 3 lakh crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme till March 31, 2021, and additional credit of up to 20 per cent of outstanding as on February 29, 2020, to the healthcare segment and 26 stressed sectors.
The FM announced Rs 900 crore grant for Covid vaccine research to the Department of Biotechnology. She clarified that the grant did not cover the actual cost of vaccine.
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