Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on May 13 explained the contours of the Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced by PM Narendra Modi a day earlier to shore up the econnomy, which has been battered by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The package, called Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, involves 15 measures for various sectors, which includes:
>> 6 for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
>> 2 for the Employee's Provident Fund (EFP)
>> 3 tax measures
>> 1 on power distribution companies (DISCOMS
>> 2 for non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), housing finance companies (HFCs) and micro-finance institutions (MFIs)
>> 1 for contractors
>> 1 for the real estate sector
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The Finance Minister said further details about the economic stimulus will be provided over the next days.
Here are the key announcements made by the Finance Minister:
>> The deadline for filing tax returns for FY20 would be extended to November 30, 2020 from July 31, 2020 and October 31, 2020.
>> 25 percent cut in tax deducted at source (TDS) for non-salaried specified payments made to residents and rates of tax collected at source (TCS) for 2020-21. This will release liquidity of Rs 50,000 crore.
>> EPF support to employers and employees to continue for another three months (till the end of August), through Rs 2,500 crore fresh liquidity aid.
>> Rs 3 lakh crore collateral free automatic loans for business, including MSMEs.
>> Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debt for MSMEs
>> Rs 30,000 crore special liquidity scheme for NBFCs/HFCs/MFIs
>> Rs 90,000 crore liquidity injection into DISCOMs by PFC/REC
>> COVID-19 to be considered as a "force majeure" event under RERA
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