Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Manipur and Karnataka have evinced interest for taking loan under the Rs 90,000-crore liquidity package for discoms to pay their utilities’ outstanding towards gencos, a senior official said on Monday.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on May 13 announced Rs 90,000-crore liquidity infusion into cash-strapped power distribution companies (discoms), facing demand slump due to the lockdown to contain COVID-19.
As on May 13, discoms had a total outstanding of Rs 94,000 crore towards power generation firms (gencos).
“Already some states like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Manipur and Karnataka have evinced interest to avail this (Rs 90,000 crore liquidity) package,” a statement quoted Ravinder Singh Dhillon as saying while addressing Power Finance Corporation’s employees after assuming charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company.
The state-run non-banking finance firms — PFC and REC — have been mandated to sanction loans within 45 days and to disburse funds under the liquidity package within 60 days from the day of submission of proposal.
Dhillon told employees that the financial assistance under the liquidity package is envisaged to be provided within 60 days.