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Fifth tranche of economic package will have transformative impact on health, education sectors: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

The fifth and last tranche of economic stimulus announced by the government on May 17 will have a transformative impact on India’s health and education sectors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.

Also read: Economic stimulus package | Details of ₹20-lakh-crore package announced by Nirmala Sitharaman in five tranches

The measures will boost entrepreneurship, help public sector units and revitalise the village economy, the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

“Reform trajectories of the states will also get an impetus,” he said.

The government on May 17 announced suspension of new bankruptcy filings on loan defaults for one year and raised the threshold for insolvency as it moved to ease COVID-19 pain for the industry.

“Measures and reforms announced by the FM today will have a transformative impact on our health and education sectors.

“They will boost entrepreneurship, help public sector units and revitalise the village economy,” Mr. Modi said.

In the fifth and final tranche of the economic stimulus package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman raised the allocation for the employment guarantee scheme by ₹40,000 crore over and above the ₹61,000 crore budgeted for MGNREGS to provide jobs to migrant workers moving back to their states.

This, she said, will help generate nearly 300 crore person-days in total.

For States, she said the Centre has acceded to their request and increased borrowing limit from 3% of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) to 5% for 2020-21 only, giving them extra resources of ₹4.28 lakh crore.

But the increased borrowing limit would be linked to specific reforms such as one-nation-one-ration-card, ease of doing business, power distribution and urban local body revenues.

In his address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi had introduced massive new financial incentives on top of the previously announced packages for a combined stimulus of ₹20 lakh crore.

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