Modi loosens the purse strings to help India’s struggling state utilities


The Indian government has relaxed the rules which cap the amount the nation’s cash-strapped electricity distribution companies (discoms) can borrow in a one-off move to add much-needed liquidity to the power sector.

The two bodies chiefly responsible for lending to struggling state discoms – the state-controlled Power Finance Corporation and the REC rural electrification body it holds a controlling stake in – can usually lend no more than a quarter of the revenues they have reported in the previous year, under the terms of the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana national program set up in 2015 to revive power company finances.

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