Govt, SBI, LIC to provide Rs 25,000 cr fund to stalled housing projects

Nirmala Sitharaman during the press conference
The government on Wednesday approved setting up of a Rs 25,000 crore bailout fund to finance 1,600 stalled housing projects as it looks to boost the economy by kickstarting incomplete projects. The decision was approved by the Union Cabinet at a meeting held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Announcing the decision, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government will put in Rs 10,000 crore in this alternative investment fund (AIF) while SBI and LIC would provide Rs 15,000 crore, taking the total size to Rs 25,000 crore.

This will finance 1,600 stalled housing projects comprising 4,58,000 housing units across the country, she added. The move is aimed at generating employment as well as reviving demand of cement, iron and steel industries. It is also aimed at relieving stress in the major sectors of the economy. The fund size would increase as sovereign and pension fund are expected to participate in this AIF. The AIF can be utilised even by the projects which have been declared non-performing assets or are facing insolvency proceedings, Sitharaman added. 

Key highlights:

  • Govt, SBI, LIC to provide Rs 25,000 cr for alternate investment fund for giving funds to stalled housing projects
  • Rs 25,000 cr alternate fund to provide funds to stalled projects in phases; to release funds after completion of phase
  • Housing projects that are NPA or in NCLT can also be funded by the Rs 25,000 cr alternate real estate fund
  • AIF to provide priority debt financing for completion of stalled housing projects

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