Special status for power bailout bonds sought
The package was planned keeping in mind the FRBM target, which means states must bring down their overall borrowings.
Meanwhile, the DFS has also approached the RBI seeking a special dispensation to help state governments align their respective restructuring packages with the one formulated by the Centre. Currently, the package for a state such as Uttar Pradesh is slightly different from that of the Centre.
“We have asked the RBI to treat this alignment process under a special dispensation and not a ‘second restructuring exercise’ to avoid any complications,” an official said.
About eight states have so far come up with their restructuring plan and now they will sit with banks to finalise the terms of restructuring as per the one approved by the Centre. Uma Shankar said the process has started and if states ask for more time later, they would consider extending the application of the restructuring scheme that ends on December 31.
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