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Food subsidy declines in April-Aug, urea up: CGA figures

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New Delhi, Oct 2 : Total major subsidies — on food, nutrient-based fertilisers, urea and petroleum — accounted for Rs 1.89 lakh crore up to August of this fiscal which is 63 per cent of the budgeted amount, according to the latest numbers of Controller of Government Accounts (CGA).

The total major subsidies in the budget estimates are Rs 3,01,694 crore or Rs 3.01 lakh crore. Up to August, Rs 1,89,526.71 (Rs 1.89 lakh crore) has been used for payment towards subsidies amounting 63 per cent of the Budgeted amount, the CGA numbers showed. This was 65 per cent in thee same period a year ago.

Food subsidy has seen lower payment during the period where Rs 1,13,725.63 crore or Rs 1.13 lakh crore has been spent (62 per cent of the Budget) on a comparative basis. In the same period last fiscal, it was 72 per cent of the Budget amount, at Rs 1,21,416.69 crore or Rs 1.21 lakh crore. The Budgetary allocation for food subsidy was Rs 1.84 lakh crore (Rs 1,84,220 crore).

The second highest subsidy was to urea in the April-August period where Rs 32,692.84 crore which is 61 per cent of the Budgeted figure, as against 43 per cent in the same period a year ago. The Budget allocated Rs 53, 629 crore for urea subsidy.

The third highest subsidy amount is on petroleum, at Rs 28,385.08 crore during the April-August period which is 76 per cent of the Budget estimates. On a COPPY (Corresponding Period of the Previous Year) basis, it was 74 per cent. The Budget estimates of the petroleum subsidy is Rs 37,478 crore.

Subsidy on nutrient-based fertilisers was Rs 14,723.16 crore in the period upto August 2019 from April and this was 56 per cent of the amount budgeted. On a COPPY basis, it was 46 per cent. The Budget figure for nutrient based fertliser was Rs 26,367 crore.

On the government’s fiscal position, CARE Ratings said: “Nearly 12 per cent of the revenue expenditure is budgeted towards subsidies. 63 per cent of the allocated amount towards subsidies has been incurred between Apr-Aug ’19, lower than 65 per cent in the comparable period a year ago. This can be ascribed to lower expenditure incurred towards food subsidies.”

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ICICI Bank sets up presence in Nepal

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Mumbai, Dec 3: Lending major ICICI Bank on Thursday launched its operations in Nepal, via a representative office, to become the first Indian private sector bank to set up its presence in the country.

The bank opened a representative office in Kathmandu which will closely work with the domestic banks in Nepal to facilitate investment, trade, payments and treasury business between the two countries.

According to the bank, the current foray has expanded its global footprint to 15 countries including India.

“India and Nepal have significant trade and investment links between them. We believe that ICICI Bank’s on-ground presence through the new representative office coupled with its strong business partnerships with banks in Nepal, will help us further our participation in the economic flows between the two countries,” said Sriram H. Iyer, Head – International Banking Group, ICICI Bank.

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RBI asks HDFC Bank to temporarily stop issuing new credit cards

Furthermore, the filing said that these measures shall be considered for lifting upon satisfactory compliance with the major critical observations as identified by the RBI.

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The Reserve Bank has asked HDFC Bank to temporarily stop all launches of the ‘Digital Business generating activities and sourcing of new credit card customers.

The RBI’s order dated December 2 comes after outages in the bank’s online facilities or payment utilities occurred over the past 2 years, including the recent incident in the internet banking and payment system on November 21, 2020 due to a power failure in the primary data centre.

In a regulatory filing, HDFC Bank on Thursday said: “The RBI vide said ‘Order’ has advised the Bank to temporarily stop i) all launches of the Digital Business generating activities planned under its program – Digital 2.0 (to be launched) and other proposed business generating IT applications and (ii) sourcing of new credit card customers. In addition, the Order states that the Bank’s Board examines the lapses and fixes accountability.”

Furthermore, the filing said that these measures shall be considered for lifting upon satisfactory compliance with the major critical observations as identified by the RBI.

“The Bank over the last two years has taken several measures to fortify its IT systems and will continue to work swiftly to close out the balance and would continue to engage with the Regulator in this regard.

“The Bank has always endeavoured to provide seamless digital banking services to its customers. The Bank has been taking conscious, concrete steps to remedy the recent outages on its digital banking channels and assures its customers that it expects the current supervisory actions will have no impact on its existing credit cards, digital banking channels and existing operations.”

In addition, the bank said these measures will not materially impact its overall business.

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Petrol, diesel become dearer after OMCs raise retail prices

The pump price of petrol increased by 17 paisa per litre on Thursday to Rs 82.66 a litre in Delhi from a level of Rs 82.49 a litre a day earlier.

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Oil marketing companies on Thursday increased the prices of petrol and diesel after keeping the retail prices unchanged for the past couple of days.

The pump price of petrol increased by 17 paisa per litre on Thursday to Rs 82.66 a litre in Delhi from a level of Rs 82.49 a litre a day earlier.

Similarly, the diesel price increased by 19 a litre to Rs 72.84 a litre in the national capital as compared to Rs 72.66 per litre on the previous day.

The prices of auto fuel have also increased across the country but the level of rise has been different depending on the taxation structure in each state.

In the past 14 days, due prices have risen 11 days with petrol prices rising by Rs 1.60 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.38 a litre.

The increase has been primarily on account of firming up of global oil and product prices following news of successful coronavirus vaccine.

Petrol prices had been static since September 22, and diesel rates hadn’t changed since October 2.

Though retail pricing of petrol and diesel has been deregulated and oil marketing companies were following a daily price revision formula, the same was suspend ended for almost two months to prevent volatility in international oil markets from impacting fuel prices regularly during the pandemic.

But with crude on the boil again on news of a successful coronavirus vaccine launch soon, the patience was lost by OMCs who finally resorted to price increase to cover for their under recovery on the sale of two petroleum products.

The benchmark Brent crude has crossed $48 a barrel on Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) lately. It has remained an over $44 a barrel for most part of November.

OMCs need almost 40 paise per litre increase in retail price of petrol and diesel to cover for $ 1 increase in crude.

Going by this yardstick, product prices would have to be increased by upto Rs 2 per litre to cover under recovery on its sale.

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