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Takeout financing scheme to be evolved by IIFCL

New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): The India infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) will evolve a ‘takeout financing’ scheme in consultation with banks to facilitate incremental landing to infrastructure sector.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced this while presenting the General Budget 2009-10 in the parliament.

‘Takeout financing’, an accepted international practice of releasing long term funds for financing infrastructure projects, can be used effectively to address the asset liability mismatch of commercial banks arising out of financing infrastructure projects. It can also be used effectively to free up capital for financing new projects.

Mukherjee also announced the Government’s decision that IIFCL will refinance 60 per cent of commercial bank loans for PPP projects in critical sectors over the next 15 to 18 months.

“This is to ensure that infrastructure projects in sectors such as telecommunication, power generation, airports, ports, roads and railways, do not face financing difficulties arising from the current downturn,” he said.

“The IIFCL and Banks are now in a position to support projects involving a total investment of Rs.100,000 crores in infrastructure. Combined with the steps taken by the government to increase public investment in infrastructure, this step is expected to provide a big boost to such investment,” he added. (ANI)

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