However, for the remainder, the conditions will be attached. Therefore, a 1 per cent increase in borrowing will be linked to specified, measurable, and feasible reform action. A further 0.5 per cent will be granted, once three of the four reform areas are met.
However, the calculation shows it will be hard for states to meet the goals, even during normal times.
For example, West Bengal and Odisha are not part of the UDAY scheme, and consequently rank low in the power distribution criterion, according to the SBI calculation based on state data. These two, along with Kerala, have a low urban local body count. Bihar, too, doesn’t qualify on most parameters. “Our research shows that out of 20 states, only eight are in the position to fulfil all conditions and can avail 2 per cent of their GSDP
as extra borrowing. Hence, out of the Rs 4.28 trillion, we believe only Rs 3.13 trillion (73 per cent of the total available) might actually be availed of,” Ghosh said.
“We found that West Bengal, Telangana, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh need to fulfil the conditional ties to avail of the borrowing,” he added.
Given the conditions attached, it is unlikely that states will rush to borrow. But there could be some increase in supply near the year-end, which is usually when the borrowing happens.
According to the Centre, the provision will give states room for Rs 4.28 trillion in extra borrowing.
Meanwhile, bond yields are driven by the extent to which the stimulus package disturbs the government’s fiscal math.
“The markets saw that the stimulus package did not involve much of cash outflow, and relied on guarantees — full and part — and deferrals etc, and therefore were relieved as no big borrowing is likely,” said Harihar Krishnamurthy, head (treasury), First Rand Bank.
“Further, there is an abundance of liquidity — about Rs 7 trillion. Mutual funds are buying G-Secs, which are safest in terms of credit risk. Finally, the country downgrade fears have also abated, given the total package is below other country percentages,” Krishnamurthy said.