ECLGS scheme expansion to act as lifeline for airlines, tourism sectors: Crisil

The expansion of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) recently announced by the government will act as a lifeline to highly leveraged companies in sectors such as civil aviation, hotels and tour operators, which have been severely impacted by the intense second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, Crisil Rating said in a report on Wednesday.

“More sectors have been brought under the scheme’s ambit, some eligibility criteria have been relaxed, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have been allowed to avail of loans for longer tenures,” the report said.

“The scheme has sanctioned about 2.54 lakh crore ( 2.5 trillion) of loans under the previous three versions as of mid-May,” it added.

The Union government has decided to extend the validity of the scheme from 13 May till 30 September 2021 or till guarantees for an amount of 3 trillion are issued. Disbursement under the scheme will be permitted up to…

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