The central government on Friday borrowed and transferred Rs 6,000 crore on account of Goods and Services tax (GST) compensation to states under the special borrowing plan, Finance Ministry said in a press release. The government borrowed the money at an interest rate of 5.19 per cent. Tenor of borrowing is expected to be broadly in the range of 3 to 5 years, the ministry added.

“Today, the Central Government borrowed and transferred Rs.6,000 crores as first tranche to 16 States namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhandand and two Union Territories: UT of Delhi and UT of Jammu and Kashmir,” Finance Ministry said in a press release.

The central government had last week agreed to borrow up to Rs 1.1 lakh crore on behalf of the states to bridge the shortfall in GST collections.

The borrowing will not have any impact on the fiscal deficit of the government and the amounts will be reflected as the capital receipts of the State Governments and as part of the financing of its respective fiscal deficits.

A slowdown in the economy since last fiscal year has resulted in a drop in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections, upsetting the budgets of states which had given up their right to levy local taxes such as sales tax or VAT when GST was introduced in July 2017.

When the GST was introduced in July 2017, states were promised 14 per cent incremental revenue over their last tax receipts in the first five years of the GST rollout.

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