Government changes definition of MSMEs; PM Modi says will 'empower entrepreneurs'

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: May 13, 2020, 09.04 PM(IST)

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India's finance minister Sitharaman announced Rs 3 lakh crore collateral-free automatic loan for businesses, including MSMEs

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced today that MSME definition has been changed to allow units with investment up to Rs 1 crore to be called micro-units in place of Rs 25 lakh now.

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Also, units with turnover of up to Rs 5 crore would be called "micro-units", she said, adding a turnover based criteria is being introduced to define small businesses.

The investment and turnover limits for small businesses has been raised to Rs 10 crore and Rs 50 crore respectively.

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The finance minister said units with an investment of up to Rs 20 crore and turnover of up to Rs 100 crore will qualify as medium-size enterprise.

"The steps announced will boost liquidity, empower the entrepreneurs and strengthen their competitive spirit," India's Prime Minister Modi said.

Sitharaman announced Rs 3 lakh crore collateral-free automatic loan for businesses, including MSMEs.

"It will benefit 45 lakh small businesses," the finance minister said.

"Today's announcements by FM Sitharaman will go a long way in addressing issues faced by businesses, especially MSMEs," PM Modi added.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Narendra Modi government is committed to reviving the economy, help small businesses and boost employment.

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"I thank PM @narendramodi and FM @nsitharaman for these unprecedented steps, targeted at assisting MSMEs, cope with challenges of COVID-19," India's home minister said, adding, "it reflects PM Modi's commitment to revive our economy, help small businesses and boost employment," he tweeted.

(With PTI inputs)

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