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State Projects Department

The State Projects Department (SPD) provides loans from the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) with the objective of supporting public sector capital investment in rural infrastructure through providing low cost fund support to State Govts. and State Owned Corporations. Over the years RIDF has become an important source of public capital formation in the rural infrastructure space.
 
1. Genesis of RIDF
 
A major policy initiative for rural infrastructure development has been the setting up of RIDF in NABARD in 1995 for financing rural infrastructure projects.
RIDF was set up to fund incomplete infrastructure projects in States due to lack of financial resources. Due to inadequacy of critical infrastructure, banks were unable to channelise their lending to agriculture as per priority sector guidelines.
 
The Government of India, therefore, announced in the budget of 1995-96, setting up of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), to be operationalized by NABARD towards financing of, at that point of time, the ongoing rural infrastructure projects in irrigation sector. Subsequently, RIDF was made available for new rural infrastructure projects and its ambit was broad based to cover almost all important aspects of rural infrastructure.
 
Resources to RIDF are contributed out of the shortfall in lending to priority sectors by Commercial Banks as stipulated by RBI.
 
2.  Core functions of the Department
 
The corpus of a particular tranche of RIDF is decided by Government of India every year. Annual Corpus under RIDF is allocated among all States on the basis of prescribed norms comprising of
  • Geographical Area of the State
  • Inverse of  Composite Infrastructure Development Index
  • Share in National Rural Population and Rural poverty rate
  • Inverse of Credit/Deposit Ratio and inverse of per capita PS credit
  • Performance under RIDF (Average disbursements and utilization of drawables)
  • Average sanctions for Agriculture (including Irrigation) and Drinking Water projects
The amount of contribution by banks to a particular tranche of RIDF is communicated by RBI   based on the level of priority sector shortfall. The concerned banks are called upon by NABARD as and when funds are required for disbursement.
 
NABARD provides financial assistance to the State Governments for projects covering 37 activities broadly classified under 3 heads, viz., Agriculture & Related Sector, Social Sector and Rural Connectivity.
Eligible projects are prioritized and submitted by the State Governments through their Finance Departments to the respective Regional Offices (ROs) of NABARD. The projects are appraised by NABARD’s Regional Offices and forwarded to NABARD Head Office where they are placed before a Project Sanctioning Committee (PSC) or Internal Sanctioning Committee (ISC) for consideration for sanction.
 
Rural Infrastructure Promotion Fund (RIPF) has been created with an initial corpus of Rs. 25 crore and operationalized from 1st September 2011 with an objective to promote capacity building among stakeholders as also for supporting innovative/experimental/promotional infrastructure especially in rural sectors. The activities/projects supported under RIPF are in the nature of experimental prototype projects, which are likely to have positive impact on promotion of sustainable infrastructure development in rural and agricultural sectors.
 
3. Broad achievements under RIDF
 
RIDF Tranche I, was placed with NABARD during 1995-96 with an allocation of Rs. 2,000 crore. The annual corpus has now reached to Rs.30,000 crore under RIDF XXVI (2020-21).
 
Cumulative Sanctions & Disbursements as on 30 September 2020  

Particulars

No. of projects sanctioned

RIDF amount sanctioned

RIDF loan disbursed

Utilisation

RIDF

698747

374577

284245

76%

Bharat Nirman

 

18500

18500

100%

 

698747

393077

302745

77%

 
From RIDF I to XXVI, NABARD has sanctioned total 6,98,747 projects involving loan assistance of Rs. 3,74,577 crore to State Governments as on 30 September 2020 (including for warehousing projects).
 
Of this, an amount of Rs. 2,84,245 crore (76%) has already been disbursed. In addition, Rs. 18,500 crore was sanctioned and disbursed to National Rural Road Development Agency (NRRDA) for rural roads under Bharat Nirman. This translates to total sanctions of Rs.3,93,077 crore and total disbursements of Rs.3,02,745 crore (77%)
Sector-wise Share of Cumulative Sanctions
 
Sector-wise cumulative RIDF loans sanctioned as on 30 September 2020 (Rs.3,74,577 crore), accounted for:
  • Agriculture, irrigation and allied sectors (44%)
  • Social sector (18%)
  • Rural roads and bridges (38%)
 
The estimated cumulative economic and social benefits under RIDF as on 30 September 2020 were as under:
 

Rural Infrastructure

Additional benefits created

Irrigation potential

344.96 lakh ha 

Rural Bridges

12.01 lakh m.

Rural Roads

4.85  lakh km.

Recurring Employment

193.19 lakh jobs

Non-recurring employment

Irrigation

1,41,648 lakh mandays 

Rural Roads & Rural Bridges

62,484 lakh mandays 

Others

81,210 lakh mandays

Benefits of RIDF Projects:
 
NABARD's support for creation of Rural Infrastructure through RIDF has resulted in considerable benefits such as:
  • Commitment of funds under RIDF sanctioned projects has enabled State Governments to take up the implementation more expeditiously
  • Financing of incomplete projects has resulted in unlocking of  investments already made by the State Governments, thus, realizing the full benefits of the projects
  • Creation of additional irrigation potential, generation of non-recurring employment and creation of jobs has contributed to the economic prosperity in the rural areas
  • Monitoring of the projects has resulted in timely implementation of majority of the projects and has reduced the time and cost overrun
Completion of projects through RIDF assistance from NABARD has helped in growth of core sectors in rural areas by spurring the demand for credit from Banks.
 
4.  On-going projects and schemes:
 
State-wise, Tranche-wise details of closed/on-going projects/ schemes and broad sector-wise details are given in Annexure I and II.
 
Contact Information:
 
Shri Asit Kumar Mohanty
Chief General Manager
8th Floor, 'D' Wing
C-24, 'G' Block
Bandra-Kurla Complex
Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051
Tel: (91) 022-26530068, (91) 022-26539238
Fax: (91) 022-26530101
E-mail: spd@nabard.org