The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded the ex-post facto approval for implementation of Special Banking Arrangement (SBA) for Rs 10,000 crore for payment of outstanding claims on account of fertiliser subsidy in the year 2016-17. CCEA has also approved that, in future, Department of Fertilizers would avail the SBA with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure.
Under the SBA, a total loan of Rs 9,969 crore for settlement of outstanding subsidy bills with State Bank of India (SBI) was raised by the Government. The loan amount along with interest liability on the part of Government amounting to Rs 80.90 crore were paid to SBI.
SBA for an amount of Rs 10,000 crore for the year 2016-17 has already been implemented/ operationalised to overcome the liquidity problems of the fertiliser companies.
Government is making available fertilisers, namely Urea and 21 grades of P&K fertilisers to farmers at subsidised prices through fertiliser manufacturers and importers. For making funds available to the fertiliser companies against their subsidy claims, Ministry of Finance had approved SBA for an amount of Rs 10,000 crore with Government interest liability limited to G-Sec rate. Accordingly, an SBA was worked out with SBI for an amount of Rs 10,000 crore to meet the outstanding subsidy claims of fertiliser companies. The loan together with Government interest thereon has been repaid from BE 2017-18 within the sanctioned budget.