45 Lakh MSMEs To Benefit Via Rs. 3 Lakh Crore Loans, Says Finance Minister | Read

PUBLISHED ON: May 13, 2020 | Duration: 1 hr, 26 min, 48 sec

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced collateral-free loans worth Rs 3 lakh crore for MSMEs with turnover up to Rs 100 crore till October 31, 2020, as part of the Rs 20 lakh crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. A total of 45 lakh MSMEs stand to benefit from this measure, Ms Sitharaman pointed out.

Here are highlights of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's key announcements about the government's Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package:

Ministries held detailed talks with industries and PM's Office on economic package

The "Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan" initiative to spur growth and help in building self-reliant India

Plan based on five important pillars: economy, infrastructure, tech-driven systems, demography and demand

Prime Minister has laid out a comprehensive vision, which is based on wide and deep consultations with several sections of society

Beginning today, I will lay out details of PM's vision over the next few days

Government to announce 15 different measures

6 for MSMEs
2 for employees
2 for NBFCs and MFIs

Focus to be on factors of production - land, labour, liquidity and law

Local brands to be brought to global level

Focus will be on nurturing local brands as part of this mission

Global value chain integration part of PM's plan

We have the capability to build such enterprises

All schemes rolled out by government since it came to power are driven by reforms

Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme helped government deliver money directly to Jan Dhan accounts of the poor

Rs 52,606 crore transferred to 41 crore Jan Dhan account holders under PM Garib Kalyan scheme

Refunds of Rs 18,000 crore made to income tax assessees, 40 lakh taxpayers benefitted

Finance Minister announces collateral-free loans worth Rs 3 lakh crore for MSMEs with turnover up to Rs 100 crore till October 31, 2020

Move likely to benefit 45 lakh units so they can resume their businesses

4-year collateral-free loans to be 100% credit-free, with a moratorium for first 12 months

Definition of MSMEs being changed

Company with investment of Rs 1 crore, turnover of Rs 5 crore is a micro enterprise under new definition; one with Rs 10 crore investment, turnover of Rs 50 crore a small enterprise; one with Rs 20 crore investment, Rs 100 crore turnover a medium enterprise

No global tender for government procurement up to Rs 200 crore

EPF support of Rs 2,500 crore extended for another three months: June, July and August (government to pay employee, employer contribution to EPF accounts)

Support towards months March, April, May already announced earlier as part of PM Garib Kalyan scheme; that scheme being extended for another three months (June-August)

3,67,000 organisations to benefit

Announces Rs 30,000 crore liquidity push for non-banking financial companies (NBFC), housing finance companies (HFC), microfinance institutions (MFI)

Rs 90,000 crore liquidity for power distribution companies

Six-month extension for government contractors; builders get more time to finish projects

Income tax return assessment due date for financial year 2019-20 extended from July 31 and October 31 to November 30; tax audit date from September 30 to October 31.
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