FinMin announces concessional loans for hospitals that set up on-site oxygen generation plants under ECLGS 4.0

Under the ECLGS 4.0, 100 percent guarantee cover will be given to loans up to Rs 2 crore to hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and medical colleges for setting up on-site oxygen generation plants.
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The Finance Ministry on Sunday expanded the scope of the Rs 3 lakh crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS), which will now offer concessional loans to hospitals for setting up on-site oxygen generation plants.

Besides, the validity of the scheme has been extended by three months to September 30 and or till guarantees for an amount of Rs 3 lakh crore are issued, the ministry said in a statement.

The last date of disbursement under the scheme has been extended to December 31.

"On account of the disruptions caused by the second wave of COVID 19 pandemic to businesses across various sectors of the economy, the government has further enlarged the scope of Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme," it said.

Under the ECLGS 4.0, it said, 100 percent guarantee cover will be given to loans up to Rs 2 crore to hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and medical colleges for setting up on-site oxygen generation plants.

The interest rate on these loans has been capped at 7.5 percent, which means the banks can offer loans less than this ceiling.

"Borrowers who are eligible for restructuring as per the RBI guidelines of May 5, 2021, and had availed loans under ECLGS 1.0 of overall tenure of four years comprising of repayment of interest only during the first 12 months with repayment of principal and interest in 36 months thereafter will now be able to avail a tenure of five years for their ECLGS loan i.e. repayment of interest only for the first 24 months with repayment of principal and interest in 36 months thereafter," the ministry said.

Also, the new scheme has made a provision of additional ECLGS assistance of up to 10 percent of the outstanding as of February 29, 2020, to borrowers covered under ECLGS 1.0, in tandem with restructuring as per the RBI guidelines of May 5, 2021.

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The government has also removed the current ceiling of Rs 500 crore of loan outstanding for eligibility under ECLGS 3.0, subject to maximum additional ECLGS assistance to each borrower being limited to 40 percent or Rs 200 crore, whichever is lower.

Loans to the civil aviation sector is made eligible under ECLGS 3.0.

"Modifications in ECLGS would enhance the utility and impact of ECLGS by providing additional support to MSMEs, safeguarding the livelihoods, and helping in a seamless resumption of business activity. These changes will further facilitate the flow of institutional credit at reasonable terms," the ministry said.

The ECLGS 3.0 covered business enterprises in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Leisure & Sporting sectors, which had as of February 29, 2020, total credit outstanding not exceeding Rs 500 crore and overdue, if any, was for 60 days or less, on that date.

The tenor of loans granted under ECLGS 3.0 would be 6 years, including a moratorium period of two years.

The revised operational guidelines are being issued by National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Ltd (NCGTC).

Till the end of February, Rs 2.46 lakh crore of Rs 3 lakh crore were sanctioned under the scheme by commercial banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs).

The scheme was valid till October 2020 and later extended to November-end. The scheme was again extended in November as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 package till March 31, 2021, by including the 26 stressed sectors identified by the RBI-constituted K V Kamath committee.

The scheme was further extended for three months on April 1 and subsequently widened.

Edited by Megha Reddy

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