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Planning involves generation, distribution and utilisation of productive assets. The generation of physical assets takes place through private or public institutions. So does the generation of financial resources which are a counterpart, so to say, of the process of creation of physical assets. In this Chapter, an analysis has been made of the financial resources likely to be generated and the funds needed for investment in different sectors of the economy. These resources are derived from domestic and foreign sources. The uses of financial resources may deviate from their sources by transfers between the public and private sectors and also by the activities of financial intermediaries. In the planning exercise, a matching between the needs of the different agencies for investment and the financial resources which can be made available through financial intermediaries and fiscal measures is carefully examined with the help of an appropriate accounting model.
5.2 The estimates of resources of the public sector and the underlying policy assumptions are described in this Chapter. A broad indication is also given of the resources required by the private sector and the availability of such resources. The estimates of financial resources as well as of outlays have been made at 1979-80 prices. However, due account has been taken of the rise in prices that has occurred in 1980-81 in assessing the purchasing power of resources and the growth potential of the economy. Some adjustments in outlays and the target of additional resource mobilisation have been made so as to protect, to the extent possible, the real volume of investment, in face oT rise in project costs in 1980-81.
5.3 The aggregate resources for the Sixth Five Year Plan 1980-85, are placed at Rs. 172210 crores, consisting of an investment outlay of Rs. 158710 crores and current development outlay in the public sector of Rs. 13500 crores. The investment outlay is Ito be financed through domestic saving of Rs. 149647 crores and net inflow of funds from abroad to the extent of Rs. 9063 crores, as shown in Table 5.1.
5.1 Estimates of Gross Domestic Saving, Investment and Aggregate
5.4 Of the total domestic saving of Rs. 149,647 crores, public saving, comprising savings of Government, public sector non-financial enterprises (including departmental enterprises) and public sector financial enterprises has been estimated at Rs. 34200 crores. The balance of Rs. 115447 crores is accounted for by private saving comprising corporate, cooperative and household saving. The composition of the total domestic saving is shown in Table 5.2.
5.5 Public saving accounts for 22.9 per cent of the total domestic saving estimated for the Plan period, while the balance of 77.1 per cent represents saving generated in the private sector. Within the private sector, household saving dominates with a share of as much as 70.1 per cent of the total domestic saving. The details of estimates of private saving are given in Table 5.3.
Table 5.2 Gross Domestic Savinff by Sector of Origin 1980-85
Table 5.3 Estimates of Private Saving : 198085
5.6 The item-wise estimates of household saving for the Plan period are given in Arinexure 5.1. The gross household saving has been estimated at Rs. 104859 crores comprising Rs. 55128 crores of physical assets and Rs. 49731 crores of financial assets. Thus, nearly 53 per cent of the household laving is accounted for by physical asset formation in this sector.
5.7 The saving of the households in the form. of physical assets covers acquisition of productive assets and construction activities like resi dential and non-residential buildings as well as creation of physical assets through own-account labour input. The saving of the household in khe shape of physical assets is thus a form of direct capital formation in the household sector. Projections of physical assets in the household sector for the Plan period liave been made by studying its relationship with personal disposable income observed in the past years;. projections of personal disposable income, in turn have-been obtained by analysing its relationship with the GDP. Thus, gross physical assets in the household sector have been estimated at Rs. 55128 crores for the Plan period.
5.8 The gross increase in financial assets of the household sector has been estimated at Rs. 61034 crores over the Plan period. Allowing for the increase in financial liabilities of the order of Rs. 11303 crores the net acquisition of financial assets by the households have been estimated at Rs. 49731 crores. The details of the different components of financial assets are discussed in the following paragraphs.
5.9 (i) Deposits: Out of the gross increase in financial assets of Rs. 61034 crores of the household sector, the increase in deposits has been estimated at Rs. 32430 crores, thus accounting for about 53 per cent of the total increase in gross financial assets. The increase in deposits comprises deposits with scheduled commercial banks, cooperatives and non-banking companies. The growth of demand deposits has been estimated at 12.48 per cent per annum over the Plan period, while that of time deposits has been estimated at 18.71 per cent per annum. The share of the household sector in the estimated increase of aggregate bank deposits has been taken at 79 per cent, based on the recent analysis of the Reserve Bank of India. On this basis the increase in household deposits with scheduled commercial banks has been estimated at Rs. 29164 crores over the Plan period. The increase in deposits of the households with cooperative banks/societies and non-banking companies has been projected at Rs. 2116 crores and Rs. 1150 crores respectively.
(ii) Currency: The expansion of currency over the Plan period has been estimated on the basis of its relat'onship with respect to growth in real national income, wholesale price index and the weighted average of interest rates on time deposits. The share of the household sector in total currency expansion has been assumed at 94 per cent as observed in the recent past. The increase in currency with the households over the Plan period is estimated at Rs. 4734 crores.
(iii) Life Insurance Fund: Net increase in the Life Fund of Life Insurance Corporation has been estimated at Rs. 5577 crores on the basis of the observed annual trend growth rate of 14 per cent in recent years.
(iv) Provident Funds: The net accretion to State Provident Funds has been estimated at Rs. 3702 crores taking into account the observed growth in the past, expected increase in employment, and existing rates of contribution to provident funds by the Central and State Government employees. On the other hand, Employees' Provident Funds (EPF) and "Other Provident Funds" have been projected to increase by Rs. 8646 crores and Rs. 3300 crores respectively, on the basis of past trends. The implicit annual growth rate is 14 per cent in the case of EPF and 12 per cent in the case of "Other Provi-dcnd Funds".
(v) Shares, Debentures and Units: The net increase of household investment in corporate/cooperative shares, debentures and units of the Unit Trust of India has been estimated at Rs. 1400 crores over the Plan period 198085. This is based on recent trends in their growth and on the assumption that the household sector would account for 85 per cent of the net increase of such financial assets.
(vi) Net Claims on Government: Net claims of the households on Government consist of small saving and Compulsory Deposit collections of the Government and the loans advanced by the Government to the public. On the basis of the projections of Small Savings and compulsory deposit collections as well as the outstanding debts of the households, net claims of the households on Government are projected to increase by Rs. 1245 crores over the Sixth Plan period.
The financial liabilities of the house-hold sector have been estimated
on the basis of the observed ratio of such liabilities to gross financial
assets of the households. The increase in financial liabilities is estimated
at Rs. 11303 crores.
5.11 The private corporate sector consists of non-financial and financial enterprises. Non-financial enterprises cover public and private limited com-pani.;3 while financial enterprises comprias non-nationalised commercial banks and private financial and investment companies. Gross saving of non-filipncial enterprises has been estimated at Rs. 8870 crores while that of financial enterprises has been pis'ced at Rs. 183 crores.
5.12 The saving of private non-financial enterpriser estimated at Rs. 8870 crores. comprises Rs. 5710 crores of retained profits and Rs. 3160 crores of depreciation provision. These estimates have been worked out on the basis of detailed studies of sales, profits, depreciation, investment etc. of such enterprises.
The saving of private financial enterprises has bs.-'n estimated at Rs.
183 crores, of v/hich private commercial bank's account for Rs. 108 crores,
while the balance of Rs. 75 crores represents the gross saving of private
financial and investment companies.
5.14 The gross saving of the cooperative sector has been estimated at Rs. 1535 crores. This consists 01 R and . 625 crores in respect of coopcnitiva non-credit institutions and Rs. 910 crores in respect ol cooperative banks and societies. Past performance of cooperative non-credit institutions indicates that they are not making any profit. The saving estimated for the cooperative non-credit institutions represents, thcreiore, mainly the depreciation provision made in respect of fixed assets held by them.
5.15 The gross saving of the cooperative banks and societies has been estimated at Rs. 910 crores comprising R;;. 685 crores of retained profits and Rs. 225 crores of depreciation.
PUBLIC SECTOR SAVING
5.16 The saving of the public sector over the Plan period 198085, has been estimated at Rs. 34200 crores. The saving of the public sector includes Rs. 2525 crores of gross saving (after payment of dividend to Government) of the public sector financial institutions, including the Reserve Bank. However, this amount is not available for direct investment in the public sector because a major part o*E it flows to private sector through investment m Long Term Operations Funds of the Reserve Bank of India and the balance is invested by the public financial institutions in their own fixed assets. The details of the saving of public sector financial institutions are given in Table 5.4.
Table 5.4 Estimates of Saving of Public Sector Financial Institutions: 1980-85
5.17 The retained profits of the Reserve Bank of India after the payment of dividend to the Central Government, represent its contributions to Long Term Operations Funds like the National Agricultural Credit Fund and the National Industries Credit Fund Such contributions amounted to Rs. 390 cr.)res in 1978-79 and Rs. 455 crorcs in 1979-80. On this basis, the retained profits of the Reserve Bank of India have been estimated at Rs. 2200 crores over the period 198085. The gross saving of the nationalised banks has been placed at Rs. 175 crorea, while that of the remaining public sector financial institutions like the Industrial Financial Corporation ot India, Industrial Development Bank of India, Style Financial Corporations, etc. nas been estimated at Rs. 150 crores.
5.18 Tile public sector saving, excluding that of public sector financial institutions, works out to Rs. 31675 crores, comprising budgetary saving of the order of Rs. 13430 crores and gross saving ol the non-financial public enterprises of Rs. 18245 crores.
5.19 The budgetary saving of the Government represents the balance from current revenues of the Central and State Governments at the existing (viz. 1979-80) rates of taxes, rates of tariffs and the additional resources mobilisation effort envisaged during the Plan period, after making allowance for the current development outlay proposed in the public sector plan. Government saving during the Plan period has been estimated at Rs. 13430 crores as shown in Table 5.5.
Table 5.5 Budgetary Saving 198085
*Refers to Budgetary measures.
5.20 The gross surplus of public enterprises represents their retained profits, depreciation provision and additional resource mobilisation through revision of tariffs, prices, etc. . On the basis of the existing pricing policies of public enterprises, this surplus for the Plan period is estimated at Rs. 9395 crores, while "ihe same is estimated at Rs. 18245 crores after taking into account measures for the revision of pricing policies envisaged in the Plan. The details of the gross surplus of public enterprises are .given in Table 5.6.
5.6 Estimates of Gross Surplus of Central and State Enterprises
5.21 The gross surplus of public enterprises indicated above is not identical with the contribution of public enterprises as calculated on tlic basis of the concept adopted in the Fifth Plan. The contribution of public enterprises for the Fifth Plan liad been worked out without deducting repayment of loans to tha Central/State Governments. However, for ihe Sixth Plan, the loan repayments have been deducted to arrive at the gross surplus of public enterprises, following commercial principles. Correspondingly, credit for such repayments by public enterprises has been taken in estimating the capital receipts of the Central and State Governments. The estimates of gross surplus of important public enterprises are discussed below.
5.22 The gross surplus of Railways during the Plan period has been estimated at Rs. 1698 crores. This comprises mainly depreciation provision. The gross surplus of Posts and Telegraphs has been estimated at Rs. 2365 crores in the light of the anticipated expansion of postal, telegraph and tele-communication services.
5.23 The estimate of gross surplus of other Central enterprises has been placed at Rs. 5848 crores. Compared to the heavy investment that has been made in these enterprises in the past, the rate of return is very low. The operational efficiency of these enterprises has to be substantially improved in order to obtain a fair rate of return on public investment.
5.24 State Electricity Boards and State Road Transport Corporations are expected to incur liuge losses at the existing levels of tariffs and fares. This is mainly on account of the steep escalation in their working expenses. These enterprises would need to undertake tariff/fare revision at the earliest in order to avoid losses and step up their contribuf.ion to the Plan.
Almost all the Central and State enterprises would need to adopt appropriate
pricing policies in order to achieve an adequate rate of return on capital
employed. Although, substantial revision of tariffs, freight rates. and
prices had beeri undertaken in the past, the additional receipts have
largely been absorbed by escalation of working expenses due to the revisinn
ot emoluments of their employees, rise in input costs, etc. It is, therefore,
essential to ensure that the additional resources generated by these enterprises
during the Sixth Plan period by .way of revision of prices, tariffs, etc.
are not eroded by cost increases and that efforts are made simultaneously
to secure the maximum feasible improvement in the functioning and efficiency
of these enterprises.
5.26. An aggregate outlay of Rs. 172210 crorcs is envisaged for the Sixth Five Year Plan. Of this the public sector outlay has been estimated at Rs. 97500 crores while the balance of Rs. 74710 crores would be in the private sector. The public sector outlay of Rs. 97500 crores provides for an investment outlay of Rs. 84000 crores and current development outlay of Rs. 13500 crores over the Plan period. However, the public sector's own saving available for investment (excluding the saving of public sector financial institutions) has bsen estimated at only Rs. 31675 crores. In order to finance an investment outlay of Rs. 84000 crores, it will be necessary for the public sector to draw upon domestic saving of other sectors to the extent of Rs. 41396 crores and foreign saving (including a drawal on foreign exchange resources) of the order of Rs. 10929 crores.
5.27 Private saving, including the saving of the public financial institutions, has been estimated at Rs. 117972 crores. After transferring Rs. 41396 crores to the public sector, the resources available with the private sector for investment would be Rs. 76576 crores. Further, the net outgo of the private sector to the rest of the world is estimated at Rs. 1866 crores. Thus, the investment of the private sector over tlie Plan period is estimated at Rs. 747 ]0 crores. The estimates of saving and investment along with the inter-sectoral transfers are given in Table 5.7.
5.7 Financing of the Aggregate Ontlay: 198085
The above estimates of investment imply that the share of public sector
investment in total investment would be nearly 53 per cent over the Sixth
Plan period 198085, as compared to the estimated share of around
45 per cent during the Fifth Plan period 1974_79. However, these ratios
do not reflect the real shares of the two sectors since several of the
Plan schemes in the public sector envisage capital transfers by way of
loans/grants to the private sector to finance capital formation in the
private sector, especially the household sector.
5.29 The estimates of financial resources for the Plan in the public sector are given in Table 5.8.
5.8 Estimate of Financial Resources for the Public Sector Plan
5.30 The various components of resources of the Centre and the States are briefly explained in the following paragraphs:
Balance from Current Revenues
5.31 The balance from the current revenues (BCR) of the Central and State Governments represents thear saving out of their revenue receipts after meeting their current non-Plan expenditure. It has been assumed that the Seventh Finance Commission's recommendations relating to the statutory transfer of the resources to the States valid upto 1983-84 will continue to operate for 1984-85, the last year of the Plan. Any adjustment necessary in the resources of the Centre and the States as a resuit of the Eighth Finance Commission's award will be made as and v/hen it becomes available and the Government has taken a decision thereon. On the expenditure side, while allowance has been made for normal growth from year to year, specific provision has been made tor better maintenance of the existing assets like buildings, roads, public works, etc.
5.32 The total revenue receipts of the Centre over the Plan period have been estimated at Rs. 68583 crores while the non-Plan revenue expenditure during this period has been estimated at Rs. 67405 crores. The BCR of the Centre thus works out to Rs. 1178 crores as shown in Table 5.9.
5.9 Balance from Current RevenuesCentre 198085
The major assumptions underlying the calculation of Centre's resources are as follows:
5.33 The total revenue, receipts of the States have been estimated at Rs. 73752 crores for the Plan period, inclusive of their share in Central taxes. On the other hand, their non-Plan revenue expenditure during the Plan period has, been estimated at Rs. 60452 crores, thereby leaving a balance from current revenue of Rs. 13300 crores, as shown in Table 5.10.
5.10 Balance from Current RevenuesStates 198085
Estimates of State resources which have been worked in the light of detailed discussions with the State Governments, involve the following major assumptions:
(i) Estimates of the five major taxes, namely sales tax, stamp duty and registra^on, taxes on transport, State excise duties and entertainment tax were worked out by applying relevant tax elasticities to 1979-80 revised budget estimates; in the case of electricity duty the effective tax rate has been applied to the projected electricity generation to obtain the estimates of revenue yield. The estimates have been suitably revised in the light of preliminary actuals for 1979-80 and observed trends in respect of individual States.
(ii) In the non-tax revenue category, revenue from forests has been worked out broadly on the lines adopted by the Seventh Finance Commission, and also taking into consideration the renewed emphasis in the Plan on the need to maintain ecological balance.
(iii) Adequate provision has been made in estimating non-Plan revenue expenditure for proper maintenance of existing capital assets, like irrigation works, roads, bridges and buildings as also for the efficient functioning of the existing social service facilities.
5.34 The details of the contribution of the different agencies to the net market borrowings over the Plan period are given in Table 5.11.
5.11 Market Borrowings: 198085
5.35. An additional market borrowing of Rs. 1000 crores has been envisaged in the Plan as a result of new policy measures proposed to be undertaken during the Plan period like measures for accelerating the growth in bank deposits, changes in the statutory liquidity ratio, etc. Thus, the aggregate market borrowing over the Plan period has been estimated at Rs. 22500 crores out of which Rs. 19500 crores would be utilised for financing the public sector Plan. On this, Rs. 15000 crores will be for financing the Central Plan while the States and their enterprises are expected to raise Rs. 4500 crores from the open market for financing their Plans. The distribution of market borrowing among the different States seeks to ensure a step up of 10 per cent over the level of market borrowing undertaken by each State in 1979-80. Additional market borrowing of Rs. 1000 crores has been allocta^d to a few States having per capita income below the national average. The balance of Rs. 3000 crores represent market borrowings to be undertaken by financial institutions like the Industrial Development Bank of India, Industrial Finance Corporation o[ India, etc. However, the market borrowing's of these financial institutions could be higher than this during the course of the Plan depending upon the growth in the resources of commercial banks, cooperative banks, Life Insurance Corporation etc.
5.36. The contribution to small savings collections flows from the households as well as other agencies like the Employees' Provident Funds and other provident funds in the private sector. There has been a phenomenal rise in small savings collections in recent years, rising from Rs. 393 crores in 1975-76 to Rs. 925 crores in 1979-80. Allowing for a modest growth over the Plan period, the small savings collections have been estimated at Rs. 6463 crores which would be shared between the Centre and the States in terms of the existing formula of one-third going to the Centre and two thirds being made available to the States.
State Provident Funds
5.37 The estimates of net accrual to State Provident Funds have been placed at Rs. 3702 crores during the Sixth Plan periodRs. 1660 crores at the Centre and Rs. 2042 crores in the States. These estimates have been made in the light of past trends of such accruals, the anticipated rise in employment in the Central and S^te Governments and the existing rate of contributions.
Term Loans from Financial Institutions
5.38 The State Plans envisage loans from Life Insurance Corporation to State Governments, loca bodies and S'ate enterprises for financing the housing water supply and power development programmes The Reserve Bank of India is also expected to provide loans to the States for particiation in the share capita of coopeartives while the Rural Electrification Corporation is expected to provide funds for expansion of rural electrification facilities. These negotiated loans under the State Plans have been estimated taking into account the financial position of these institutions during Plan period to provide siuh loans. The S'aies are expected to raise term loans to the extent of Rs. 2722 crores over the Plan period as shown in Table 5.12.
Table 5.12 Term Loans from Financial Institutions to States
5.39 The negotiated loans indicated above are in gross terms, since repayments to these institutions on account of outstanding loans have been provided for separately under o^er heads.
Miscellaneous Capital Receipts
5.40 This item represents the net result of a number of transactions on the receipts and disbursement sides of the capital accoun's of the Central and State Government.
41 The major sources of capital receipts are recoveries of lo.ins and
advances from public enterprises and households sector. The repayment
liabilities of the public enterprises to the Centre have now been included
in the estimates, of recoveries of loans from them whereas earlier these
were treated as a part of their own contribution Special deposits, non-Government
provident funds as well as borrowings from the Reserve Bank of India against
Compulsory Deposit (income-tex payers) Scheme have also been taken credit
foi under capital receipts, It has been assumed that the Compulsory Deposit
(Income tax payers) Scheme would continue during the Sixth Plan period.
5.42 The estimate of net inflow from rest of the world is derived on the basis of the projections of balance of payments. Detailed estimates of imports, exports, current invisibles and capital transactions are given in the Chapter on Balance of Payments.
5.43 The net inflow of external resources to the public sector plan has been taken at Rs. 9929 crores as under:
The assumed order of net inflow of foreign resources of Rs. 9929 crores constitutes about 10.2 per cent of the total public sector plan outlay.
of Foreign Exchange
5.44. Foreign Exchange reserves at the end of 1979-80 stood at Rs. 5164 crores, excluding gold and SDRs. It is proposed to draw down these reserves to the extent of Rs. 1000 crores during the Plan period.
Additional Resource Mobilisation
5.45 In the Framework of the Sixth Plan considered by the NDC in August, 1980, it was indicated that of the additional resource mobilisation target of Rs. 19150 crores, the Centre would raise Rs. 13150 crores and Sta*es Rs. 6000 crores. In the detailed discussions with the States, a number of States agreed to mobilise larger resources to the extent of over Rs. 3000 crores to finance their development plans. Thus add^ional resource mobilisation of Rs. 21302 crores has been envisaged during the Sixth Plan periodRs. 12290 crores at the Centre and Rs. 9012 crores by the States. The enormity of task involved in raising the resources of this order cannot be underrated and a number of hard decisions would be necessary for this purpose. Utmost emphasis will have to be laid on the maintenance of firm fiscal discipline. However, considering both past trends and the potential that still exists, it is by no means an unrealistic target. The broad lines along which the additional resources could be mobilised are discussed below.
5.46 The traditional mechanism for mobilising additional resources has been to rely on additional taxation. As a result of progressive increase in the tax rates in the past, the ratio of tax revenues to the country's national income has now reached the level of 20 per cen'. The scope for raising additional revenues, therefore, througn mere changes in tax rates is rather limited. Oin the other hand, there is considerable scope for reducing tax evasion, rationalising tax laws, streamlining tax administration and widening the tax base in the urban sector and tapping the surpluses of the affluent section of the farming community. Even then, greater reliance will have to be placed on the reduction in subsidies and substantial improvement in the financial return on investment in the public sector undertakings, both of the Centre and the States, through appropriate measures.
5.47 Of additional resource mobilisation target of Rs. 12290 crores by Centre, Rs. 5140 crores are expected to be contributed by taxation, Rs. 3250 crores try reduction in subsidies and Rs. 3900 crores from internal resources of public sector enterprises. The additional tax measures announced in the Central budget 1980-81 are estimated to yield .additional [revenue to the extent of about Rs. 2030 crores over the Plan period, leaving a balance of Rs. 3110 crores to be raised during the rest of the Plan period.
5.48 There has been a very steep rise in Central subsidies in recent years. The burden on the Central exchequer on account of subsidies on food, fertiliser, export and other items has risen from Rs. 470 crores in 1975-76 to about Rs. 1860 crores in 1979-80. It is estimated that at 1979-80 rates, these subsidies would account Tor Rs. 12400 crores over tlie Sixth Plan period. It is essential to ensure that these subsidies are kept within reasonable limits in order to release resources for development. In respect of food subsidies, while increase in procurement prices may have to be allowed in future in order to provide incentives to the farmers as well as to offset the rise in the cost of inputs, measures would have to be taken simultaneously for the appropriate revision of issue prices of foodgrains and for the reduction in the operational costs of the Food Corporation of India and other agencies. Similarly, if the cost of imported fertilisers goes up, the 'fertiliser prices may have to be raised- so that fertiliser subsidy is maintained at the 1980-81 level. It is also not possible to expand the scope of export subsidies and other measures need to be employed to promote exports.
5.49 The Coal India is incurring losses and such losses are estimated at Rs. 500 crores during the Plan period. It will be necessary to eliminate these losses completely through suitable adjustment in prices and other measures. The Railways, Posts and Telegraphs and other public enterprises will have io adopt suitable policy measures in order to achieve a reasonable rate of return on their investment. The estimates of financial resources for the Plan take credit of additional internal resources to be raised by Railways and P and T ;o the extent of Rs. 1200 crores and Rs. 200 crores respectively during the Plan period. The resource mobilisation effort made by Railways and P and T in 1980-81 will generate additional resources to the tune " of Rs. 562 crores i!n the Plan period leaving a balance of Rs. 838 crores for 198185 period. At present a number of Central enterprises are either incurring losses or are not yielding adequate return on the investments made. The estimates of contribution of public sector enterprises of the Centre indicated earlier are based on a rate of return of about 8 per cent during the Plan period. It would be necessary, however, to improve the rate of return of Investment of these enterprises so as to earn at least 10 per cent by the end of Plan period through suitable meiisurcs, e.g. improved operational efficiency, better inventory management control, improvement in managerial capability and appropriate changes in price Policy, wherever necessary. On th's basis, credit has been taken for additional contribution of these enterprises other than Railways and P and T during the Plan. period at Rs. 1000 crores. At present the domestic crude oil is under-priced and a moderate adjustment could yield a substantial revenue over the Plan period.
5.50 The States have agreed to the additional resource mobilisation target of Rs. 9012 crores during the Pian period. A part of this will, no doubt, have to be contributed through appropriate adjustments in tax rates and better collection. Innovative methods, including decentralisation of powers and involvement of local community in mobilising additional resources, will have to be adopted to tap a part of the surpluses generated in agriculture.
5.51 The commercial losses of the State Electricity Boards, which amounted to Rs. 103 crores in 1973-74 increased to Rs. 440 crores in 1979-80. The cumulative losses of State Electricity Boards during the 1980-85 period are estimated at Rs. 4400 crores. In view of the massive investment envisaged in the power sector during the Sixth Plan period, it will be necessary to take effective s'eps to reduce substantially the losses of the State Electricity Boards. In a number of States, action has already been initiated on these lines. If 80 per cent of these losses are wiped out, additional resources to the extent of Rs. 3500 crores would become available for financing the State Plans.
5.52 The performance of State Road Transport Corporations in most of the Sta'es is far from satisfactory. The aggregate losses during 1979-80 were Rs. 62.35 crores and have been estimated at Rs. 1340 crores during 198085 period at 1979-80 rates. The poor performance of these Corporations is partly due to a rise in fhe cost of fuel and other materials in recent years. Effective measures including appropriate adjustments in the fares are called for to improve the return on investment made by the State Road Transport Corporations. Bus fares have already been raised in a number of States which is estimated to yield Rs. 825 crores over the Plan period and other States have agreed to take similar action to wipe out these losses so as to bring additional revenues to the extent of Rs. 1378 crores over the Plan period.
5.53 The State Governments are incurring huge losses on irrigation works. This, in effect, amounts to a subsidy io the farmers who benefit from irrigation facilities created by the Government. It is necessary to reduce progressively, and over a period of time, eliminate these losses through suitable revision of the existing rates. The minimum obiec'ive should be to set rates at levels such as to cover the working expenses on ihe existing irrigation works during the Plan period. This would bring additional resources to the tune of Rs. 325 crores over the Plan period.
Uncovered Cap/Deficit Financing
5.54 The estimates of financial resources indicated above aggregate to Rs. 92,500 crores leaving a gao of Rs. 5000 crores for financing the public sector Plan .outlay of Rs. 97,500 crores. This is proposed to be covered through deficit financing.
CENTRAL ASSISTANCE TO STATES
The financial resources of the Centre are estimated at Rs. 64,250 crores
(Annexure 5.2). The Sixth Plan outlay for the Centre including the Union
Territories has been fixed at Rs. 48,900 crores after transferring Rs.
15,350 crores to the States as Central Assistance. Of this, Rs. 2,805
crores is proposed to be allocated as follows:
5.56 Of the balance of Central assistance of Rs. 12,545 crores, Rs. 3,245 crores has been allocated to 8 special-category States viz., Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura and the remaining amount of Rs. 9300 crore-s has been distributed among the 14 non-special category States as under:
5.57 Under the modified Gadgil formula as approved by iihe National Development Council in its meeting held in August, 1980, 60 per cent of the assistance has been distributed on the basis of population, 20 per cent to States having per capita income beiow the national average, 10 per cent on the basis of per capita tax effort and 10 per cent for special problems.
5.1 Estimates of Household Saving: 198085
5.2 Estimates of Resources of the Public Sector Plan 198085
*Inclusive of Union Territories
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