MSME Ministry launches another funding scheme

 MSME Ministry launches another funding scheme
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The Scheme will provide Rs. 20,000 crore of guarantee cover to two lakh MSMEs. This is a sub-debt facility to the promoters of those operational MSMEs which are distressed or NPA

New Delhi: In a move to help the MSMEs, the Union government has launched Credit Guarantee Scheme for Sub-ordinate Debt (CGSSD) also called “Distressed Assets Fund–Sub-ordinate Debt for MSMEs”.
As per the Scheme, the guarantee cover worth Rs. 20,000 crores will be provided to the promoters who can take debt from the banks to further invest in their stressed MSMEs as equity.
The biggest challenge for stressed MSMEs was in getting capital either in the form of debt or equity. Therefore, as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat package, on May 13th, Finance Minister had announced this scheme of sub-ordinate Debt to the promoters of operational but stressed MSMEs.  After completion of necessary formalities including approval of CCEA and consultation with Finance Ministry, SIDBI and RBI among others, the scheme was formally launched today by Shri Gadakari on Wednesday.
Highlights of the scheme:
  • The Scheme seeks to extend support to the promoter(s) of the operational MSMEs which are stressed and have become NPA as on 30th April, 2020
  • Promoter(s) of the MSMEs will be given credit equal to 15% of their stake (equity plus debt) or Rs. 75 lakh whichever is lower
  • Promoter(s) in turn will infuse this amount in the MSME unit as equity and thereby enhance the liquidity and maintain debt-equity ratio
  • 90% guarantee coverage for this sub-debt will be given under the Scheme and 10% would come from the concerned promoters
  • There will be a moratorium of 7 years on payment of principal whereas maximum tenor for repayment will be 10 years. 
This scheme is expected to provide much required support to around 2 lakh MSMEs and help reviving the economic activity in and through this sector.
It will also help in protecting the livelihoods and jobs of millions of people who depend on them. 
Promoter(s) of MSMEs meeting the eligibility criteria may approach any scheduled commercial banks to avail benefit under the scheme. The scheme will be operationalised through Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for MSEs (CGTMSE). Necessary guidelines with answers to possible FAQs have been issued today and made public in this regard, PIB stated. 

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