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Breaking News| Free tourist Visa to first 5 Lakh tourists who visit India – Nirmala Sitharaman

Jun 28, 2021
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Once international travel resumes, first 5 lakh tourists who come to India will not have to pay visa fees. Scheme applicable till March 31, 2022, or will be closed after distribution of first 5 lakh visas. One tourist can avail benefit only once: Finance Min Nirmala Sitharaman . Along with this Finance minister NIRMALA Sitharaman had announced many more scheme. Like loans at just 2% intrest and more

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a Rs 1.1 lakh crore loan guarantee scheme for COVID-affected sectors which is bifurcated into two parts, one is Rs 50,000 crore that has been allocated to the health sector and the other one is Rs 60,000 crore for other sectors.

Besides that, Sitharaman had further announced an additional Rs 1.5 lakh crore under the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS). The sector-wise details will be given as per evolving needs. This credit guarantee scheme will help in facilitating loans of up to Rs 1.25 lakh to 25 lakh persons via MFIs.

She further promised to give financial support to more than 11,000 registered tourist guides/travel and tourism stakeholders through the loan guarantee scheme for COVID-affected sectors.

We are announcing about 8 economic relief measures, of which four are absolutely new & one is specific to health infrastructure. For Covid-affected areas, Rs 1.1 lakh crores credit guarantee scheme and Rs 50,000 crores for health sector: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Under Credit Guarantee Scheme, which is a new scheme, 25 lakh people to be benefitted. Loan to be given to the smallest borrowers by Microfinance Institutions. A maximum Rs 1.25 lakhs amount to be lent. Focus is on new lending & not on repayment of old loans: Finance Minister

The interest rate under the new Credit Guarantee Scheme is 2% below RBI prescribed rate, with a loan duration of 3 years. Focus on new loans, stressed borrowers except NPAs to be covered: Finance Minister

The new Credit Guarantee Scheme will also reach out to the smallest of the small borrowers in the hinterland, including in small towns: Finance Minister.

To revive tourism, the new loan guarantee scheme will support 10,700 regional level tourist guides and Travel & Tourism stakeholders (TTS) recognized by the Ministry of Tourism and the State governments: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

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