– Sikha Bansal and Priya Udita
Relief has come to the builders of stalled housing project and distressed homebuyers in in the form of establishment of a ‘Special Window‘ fund by the Government to provide priority debt financing for the completion of stalled housing projects that are in the affordable and middle-income housing sector. See the press release here. The announcement came after this package was introduced on September 14 by the Finance Minister. The Government has also issued FAQs on the same, which can be viewed here.
The write-up discusses salient features of the plan.
KEY FEATURES OF THE FUND
- Fund will be set up as Category II-AIF (Alternative Investment Fund) with initial amount of Rs. 25,000 crores and registered with SEBI.
- The government acting as a sponsor shall infuse Rs. 10,000 crore and the remaining amount to be contributed by State Bank of India, Life Insurance Corporation of India and other institutions.
- Investors can be Government and other private investors including cash-rich financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, public and private banks, domestic pension and provident funds, global pension funds and other institutional investors.
- The SBICAP Ventures Limited is proposed to the Investment Manager.
- Project declared as non-performing assets (NPAs) or which have been dragged to the NCLT for insolvency proceedings will be included. Apart from that any projects undergoing corporate insolvency resolution process before the NCLT will be considered for funding through the Special Window upto the stage where the resolution plan for such insolvency resolution process has not been approved / rejected by the committee of creditors. However, cases pending in the High Courts or Supreme Court will not be considered.
- The retail loans of the selected stalled projects will be restructured as per RBI Guidelines and bank board approved policies.
- The investments will be in the form of non-convertible debentures subject to legal, regulatory or other considerations.