News:Finance Minister has released a report of task force on National Infrastructure on Pipeline(NIP) 2019-2025.
About National Infrastructure on Pipeline(NIP) Task force:
- The Central Government had constituted a task force to draw up a National Infrastructure Pipeline(NIP) from 2019-20 to 2024-25.
- The Task Force has been chaired by the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs,Ministry of Finance.
- The task force has prepared a roadmap as it is estimated that India would need to spend $4.5 trillion on infrastructure by 2030 to sustain its growth rate.
- Hence,the endeavour of the NIP is to make this happen in an efficient manner.
Key Highlights from the report:
- The task force unveiled the National Infrastructure Pipeline(NIP) with projects worth ₹102-lakh crore.
- The private companies will account for 22%-25% of the investments and the balance will come from the Centre and the states in equal proportions.
- The projects have been classified under two broad categories namely economic infrastructure and social infrastructure for both ease of doing business and ease of living.
- Under the projects,energy sectors make up the lion’s share of 24%, followed by roads(19%), urban development(16%) and the railways (13%).
- The shares of rural and social infrastructure projects which includes health, education and drinking water is 8% and 3% respectively.
Significance of NIP:
- Economy: A well planned NIP will enable more infrastructure projects, grow businesses, create jobs, improve ease of living and provide equitable access to infrastructure for all by making growth more inclusive.
- Government: A well developed infrastructure enhances level of economic activity, creates additional fiscal space by improving revenue base of the government, and ensures quality of expenditure focused on productive areas.
- Developers: It will provide better view of project supply, provides time to be better prepared for project bidding, reduces aggressive bids/ failure in project delivery, ensures enhanced access to sources of finance as a result of increased investor confidence.
- Banks/financial institutions (F1s)/investors: It will build investor confidence as identified projects are likely to be better prepared, exposures less likely to suffer stress given active project monitoring, thereby less likelihood of NPAs.