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Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Finance Ministry and senior management of all banks held a meeting to review some of the key schemes of Ministry of MSME which generate a large number of jobs with low capital investment.
- The focus of the meeting was on the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE).
- It was also emphasised that there is a need for providing support to the MSMEs by suitably restructuring the stressed loans at an early stage with the help of the banks.
Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme
- Launched in 2008-09, it is a credit-linked subsidy scheme which promotes self-employment through setting up of micro-enterprises, where subsidy up to 35% is provided by the Government through Ministry of MSME for loans up to ₹25 lakhs in manufacturing and ₹10 lakhs in the service sector.
- The balance amount of the total project cost will be provided by the banks in the form of term loan and working capital.
- It is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of MSME.
- National Level- Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) as the nodal agency.
- State Level- State KVIC Directorates, State Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs), District Industries Centres (DICs) and banks.
- Any individual above 18 years of age, Self Help Groups, Institutions registered under Societies Registration Act 1860, Production Co-operative Societies and Charitable Trusts are eligible.
- Existing Units and the units that have already availed Government Subsidy under any other scheme of Government of India or State Government are not eligible.
- Only new projects are considered for sanction under PMEGP.
- Discussions on PMEGP in the meeting-
- Banks have supported setting up a large number of enterprises under PMEGP and it has particularly seen a two-fold increase in last Financial Year (2019-20) when more than 73,000 micro-enterprises were assisted.
- Further, to boost the PMEGP, the target in the current year has been increased to support the establishments of 80,000 units.
Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme (CGS) for Micro and Small Enterprises
- It was launched in 2000 by the Government of India (GoI) to make available collateral-free credit to the micro and small enterprise sector.
- Both the existing and the new enterprises are eligible to be covered under the scheme.
- The corpus of CGTMSE is being contributed by the GoI and SIDBI in the ratio of 4:1 respectively.
- The Ministry of MSMEs, GoI and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) established a trust named Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) to implement the CGS.
- Discussions on increasing the reach of CGTMSE in the meeting
- Government has set a target of increasing credit guarantee to ₹50,000 crores under this scheme, which is a jump of about 67% over the last year.