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FM says hopeful FY25 capex target will be achieved

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday mentioned she is hopeful the 2024-25 Funds estimate of Rs 11.11 lakh crore for capital expenditure might be met.

In a post-Funds interview with with Rahul Joshi, Editor-in-Chief, Network18, Finance Minister Sitharaman mentioned, “…to increase it to 11 (lakh crore rupees), I am very hopeful that it will definitely get used. And the amounts which are given to states are also having high utilisation.”

Throughout Funds 2024, on 1 February, the Finance Minister introduced the Centre’s capex goal for subsequent 12 months might be a brand new document of Rs 11.11 lakh crore, up 11.1 per cent from the funds estimate for 2023-24.

Even because the Finance Minister raised the capex goal for the following monetary 12 months, the revised estimate for 2023-24 was lowered by greater than Rs 50,000 crore from Rs 10 lakh crore.

The 2023-24 capex goal of Rs 10 lakh crore was missed primarily because of lower-than-anticipated utilisation by states of the capex mortgage scheme. Whereas Rs 1.3 lakh crore had been budgeted for the Particular Help as Mortgage to States for Capital Expenditure scheme for the present monetary 12 months, the revised estimate for a similar is Rs 1.06 lakh crore.

Within the interview with Network18, Sitharaman defended the revised capex estimate of Rs 9.5 lakh crore, saying what had been achieved in “a matter of 12 months, is I think good enough”.

“It’s not like we have done only Rs 2-3 lakh crores. We are closer to Rs 10 lakh crores,” Sitharaman mentioned.

For 2024-25, the federal government has retained the allocation for the scheme – beneath which interest-free loans are given to states for 50 years just for capex – at Rs 1.3 lakh crore.

The Finance Minister, nevertheless, defended the states’ use of the capex mortgage scheme, saying “absorption has its own limits”.

“Sometimes, reaching the target, however ambitious it is, to the last mile is difficult within 12 months. Had we given them a few more months, they will probably even complete that. But the conditions for these capital expenditure which I have announced since last 2-3 years is that the amount should be utilised within the year,” the Finance Minister mentioned.

“So many of the states which take the money, which are very good in implementing – in fact, I find states very enthusiastic in wanting to avail of these facilities – the difficulty comes if you restrict them to using it in 12 months, which is what we aim at,” Sitharaman added.

“That’s why…you might reach 9, 9.2 (lakh crore) and not touch 10 (lakh crore),” she mentioned.

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