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Date : Apr 23, 2021
Review of Ways and Means Advances Scheme of State Governments/ UTs

Based on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Ways and Means Advances (WMA) to State Governments, 2021 (Chairman: Shri Sudhir Shrivastava), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has revised the WMA Scheme of States and Union Territories (UTs) as under:

WMA Limit

The WMA limit arrived at by the Committee based on total expenditure of States/ UTs, works out to ₹47,010 crore. As the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is still prevalent, the existing interim WMA limit of ₹51,560 crore for all States/ UTs shall continue for six months i.e., up to September 30, 2021 (State/ UT-wise WMA limits are given in the Annex). The Reserve Bank will review the WMA limit thereafter, depending on the course of the pandemic and its impact on the economy.

Special Drawing Facility (SDF)

SDF availed by State Governments/ UTs shall continue to be linked to the quantum of their investments in marketable securities issued by the Government of India, including the Auction Treasury Bills (ATBs). The net annual incremental investments in CSF and GRF shall continue to be eligible for availing of SDF, without any upper limit. A uniform hair cut of 5 per cent shall be applied on the market value of securities, for determining the operating limit of SDF on a daily basis.

Overdraft (OD) Regulations

The interim relaxations1 on OD were effective till March 31, 2021.Thereafter, extant OD Regulations of State Governments/ UTs are in force.

Interest Rate on SDF, WMA and OD

Interest rate on SDF, WMA and OD shall continue to be linked to the Policy rate of the Reserve Bank i.e., the Repo Rate. Interest will be charged for all the days the advance remains outstanding.

The prevailing rates are retained as given below:

Scheme Limit Rate of Interest
SDF If availed against net annual incremental investment in CSF and GRF Repo rate minus 2 per cent
If availed against investment in G-sec/ ATBs Repo rate minus 1 per cent
WMA If outstanding up to 3 months from the date of making the advance Repo rate
If outstanding beyond three months from the date of making the advance Repo rate plus 1 per cent
OD If availed up to 100 per cent of WMA limit Repo rate plus 2 per cent
If exceeds 100 per cent of WMA limit Repo rate plus 5 per cent

(Yogesh Dayal)     
Chief General Manager

Press Release: 2021-2022/102

Annex: WMA Limit of State Governments and UTs

(Amount in ₹ crore)
S. No. States/ UT s WMA Limit valid up to September 30, 2021
1 2 3
1 Andhra Pradesh 2,416.00
2 Arunachal Pradesh 312.00
3 Assam 1,504.00
4 Bihar 2,272.00
5 Chhattisgarh 1,056.00
6 Goa 272.00
7 Gujarat 3,064.00
8 Haryana 1,464.00
9 Himachal Pradesh 880.00
10 Jammu and Kashmir 1,408.00
11 Jharkhand 1,152.00
12 Karnataka 3,176.00
13 Kerala 1,944.00
14 Madhya Pradesh 2,560.00
15 Maharashtra 5,416.00
16 Manipur 312.00
17 Meghalaya 280.00
18 Mizoram 256.00
19 Nagaland 328.00
20 Odisha 1,576.00
21 Punjab 1,480.00
22 Rajasthan 2,608.00
23 Tamil Nadu 3,960.00
24 Telangana 1,728.00
25 Tripura 408.00
26 Uttar Pradesh 5,680.00
27 Uttarakhand 808.00
28 West Bengal 3,032.00
29 Puducherry 208.00
Total (All States/ UTs) 51,560.00

1 Interim relaxation was granted in OD facility vide RBI Press Release dated April 7, 2020. Accordingly, the number of days a State can continue to be in OD was increased from 14 to 21 consecutive working days and from 36 to 50 working days in a quarter.