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Govt releases Rs 250 cr as interest subvention under economic package for revival of business & industry in J&K

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LG hands over cheque of Rs 250 crore to J&K Bank as 3rd installment of 5% interest subvention

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, on Thursday approved the release of Rs 250 crore as interest subvention, part of economic package for revival of business and industry in J&K, and handed over a cheque of this amount to Jammu and Kashmir Bank as third installment of the 5 percent interest subvention.

Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance department and RK Chhibber, Chairman and MD J&K Bank were present on the occasion.

Government of J&K had already released Rs 500 crore so far, and today another installment of Rs 250 crore as 5 percent interest subvention was released as part of the overall package of Rs 1353 crore, an official press release informed.

It said the interest subvention has so far provided immense relief to 3.44 lakh borrowers in the current Covid-19 crisis.

The J&K government had announced a Relief and Revival package of Rs 1353 crore on September 19th, 2020 to help J&K business sector to tide over the Covid-19 crisis and other difficulties, the press relrease said, adding the business revival package involved relief measures, both financial and non-financial, aimed primarily at the sectors which had been most affected by the ongoing situation so as to achieve sustainable and continued growth.

The LG observed that the core component of the package was Rs 950 crore as 5 percent interest subvention to all borrowers. Apart from interest subvention, local and MSME filters have also been operationalised on GeM enabling all departments in J&K to procure goods and services from the local manufacturers.

Local and MSME filters can be used together for procurements made up to Rs 5.00 lakh from local manufacturers. For purchases above Rs 5.00 lakh, additional terms and conditions clause can be used by the departments for restricting procurement within a geographical limit, through the process of bidding on the GeM, said the LG.

Pertinently, it was one of the important components of the economic package announced by the LG for giving boost to local entrepreneurship.

To provide further impetus to business and ensure ease of doing business, single window portal has been set up and online clearances introduced. Special desks have been created to address issues of youth and women entrepreneurs in J&K Bank. An unprecedented industrial package was also announced, besides industry friendly policies in 14 key sectors of the economy. Not only this, about 19000 youth including women have been provided financial assistance to start their own business ventures by J&K Bank, as a follow up of the announcement made by the LG during Back to Village-3 programme, the press release claimed.

The LG said that in coming times, the government will continue to take further steps to boost the economy of J&K and help people to overcome the difficulties with due attention to the business community.

“Steps taken by the government seem to be yielding positive results. Independent reports suggest that the unemployment rate in J&K has declined significantly,” the official press release said.

It said if GST growth is taken as indicator of state of economy, “J&K witnessed a relatively healthy growth of over 2.7 percent during 2020-21, a sign of resilience of economy,” the LG added.

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