CCEA approves Rs 28,400-crore Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development of Jammu & Kashmir
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CCEA approves Rs 28,400-crore Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development of Jammu & Kashmir

New Delhi, January 8, 2021

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) for Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development of Jammu & Kashmir.

The scheme was approved with a total outlay of Rs. 28,400 crore up to the year 2037, an official press release said here on Thursday.

The new industrial development scheme for Jammu & Kashmir has been formulated as a Central sector scheme for the development of industries in the state.

The release said the main purpose of the scheme is to generate employment which directly leads to the socio-economic development of the area.

"Considering the historic development of reorganization of Jammu & Kashmir with effect from 31.10.2019 into UT of Jammu & Kashmir under the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019, the present scheme is being implemented with the vision that industry and service-led development of J&K needs to be given a fresh thrust with emphasis on job creation, skill development and sustainable development by attracting new investment and nurturing the existing ones," it said.

Under the scheme, Capital Investment Incentive will be available at the rate of 30% in Zone A and 50% in Zone B on the investment made in Plant & Machinery (in manufacturing) or construction of building and other durable physical assets (in the service sector). Units with an investment up to Rs. 50 crore will be eligible to avail this incentive. Maximum limit of incentive is Rs 5 crore and Rs 7.5 crore in Zone A and Zone B, respectively.

Capital Interest subvention will be available at the annual rate of 6% for a maximum of 7 years on loan amount up to Rs. 500 crore for investment in plant and machinery (in manufacturing) or construction of building and all other durable physical assets (in the service sector).

GST Linked Incentive of 300% of the eligible value of actual investment made in plant and machinery (in manufacturing) or construction in building and all other durable physical assets (in the service sector) will be for 10 years. The amount of incentive in a financial year will not exceed one-tenth of the total eligible amount of incentive.

Working Capital Interest Incentive is available for all existing units at the annual rate of 5% for a maximum of 5 years. Maximum limit of incentive is Rs 1 crore.

The scheme is made attractive for both smaller and larger units. Smaller units with an investment in plant & machinery up to Rs 50 crore will get a capital incentive up to Rs 7.5 crore and get capital interest subvention at the rate of 6% for a maximum of 7 years.

The scheme aims to take industrial development to the block level in UT of J&K, which is the first time in any Industrial Incentive Scheme of the Government and attempts for a more sustained and balanced industrial growth in the entire UT, the release said.

The scheme has been simplified on the lines of ease of doing business by bringing one major incentive -- GST Linked Incentive -- that will ensure less compliance burden without compromising on transparency.

It envisages a greater role of the UT of J&K in registration and implementation of the scheme while having proper checks and balances by having an independent audit agency before the claims are approved

It is not a reimbursement or refund of GST, but gross GST is used to measure eligibility for industrial incentive to offset the disadvantages that the UT of J&K face. Earlier schemes offered a plethora of incentives. However, the overall financial outflow was much lesser than the new scheme, the release said.

"The scheme is expected to bring about radical transformation in the existing industrial ecosystem of J&K with emphasis on job creation, skill development and sustainable development by attracting new investment and nurturing the existing ones, thereby enabling J&K to compete nationally with other leading industrially developed States/UTs of the country.

"It is anticipated that the proposed scheme is likely to attract unprecedented investment and give direct and indirect employment to about 4.5 lakh persons. Additionally, because of the working capital interest subvention the scheme is likely to give indirect support to about 35,000 persons.

"The financial outlay of the proposed scheme is Rs 28,400 crore for the scheme period 2020-21 to 2036-37. So far, the amount disbursed under various special package schemes is Rs 1,123.84 crore," the release added.

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