FIs can raise Rs 60,000 cr tax-free bonds

To encourage investment in the infrastructure sector, financial institutions have been allowed to raise about Rs 60,000 crore from tax-free bonds in 2012-13.

“For the year 2011-12, tax-free bonds for Rs 30,000 crore were announced for financing infrastructure projects. I propose to double it to raise Rs 60,000 crore in 2012-13,” Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, while presenting the Union Budget 2012-13.

“This includes Rs 10,000 crore for NHAI, Rs 10,000 crore for IRFC, Rs 10,000 crore for IIFCL, Rs 5,000 crore for HUDCO, Rs 5,000 crore for National Housing Bank, Rs 5,000 crore for SIDBI, Rs 5,000 crore for ports and Rs 10,000 crore for power sector,” he added. Strengthening the investment environment, Mukerjee also said, “The domestic investment environment has suffered on multiple counts in the past year. It is time to fast track policy decisions and ensure on-time implementation of major projects.”

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