RS.2,14,000 Crore Allocated for Infrastructure Sector
Rs.30,000 Crore Tax Free Bonds to be Issued
Iifcl to Achieve Disbursement Target of Rs. 25,000 Crore by 2012
Announcing the General Budget 2011-12 here today, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister, proposed an allocation of Rs.2,14,000 crore for infrastructure sector, which is 23.3% higher than current year. This amounts to 48.5% of the Gross Budgetary support to plan expenditure.
The Finance Minister, stated that in order to give a boost to infrastructure development in railways, ports, housing and highways development, it has been proposed to allow tax-free bonds of Rs.30,000 crore to be issued by various government undertakings in the year 2011-12. This includes Indian Railway Finance Corporation Rs.10,000 crore; National Highway Authority of India Rs.10,000 crore; HUDCO Rs.5000 crore and Ports Rs.5000 crore.
Shri Mukherjee informed that India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) is expected to achieve a cumulative disbursement of Rs.25,000 crore by March 31, 2012. Under the “take out financing scheme”, seven projects have been sanctioned with a debt of Rs.1500 crore. Another Rs.5000 crore will be sanctioned during 2011-12, he informed.