ECLGS scheme: Centre extends the validity by one month

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on November 02, 2020 Published on November 02, 2020

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The Centre has extended the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) by one month till November 30, 2020, or till such time that an amount of ₹3 lakh crore is sanctioned under the scheme, whichever is earlier.

This has been done in view of the opening up of various sectors in the economy and the expected increase in demand during the ongoing festival season. This extension will provide a further opportunity to such borrowers who have not availed of the scheme so far, to obtain credit under the scheme, an official release said.

The ECLGS was announced as part of the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package (ANBP) to provide fully guaranteed and collateral-free additional credit to MSMEs, business enterprises, individual loans for business purposes and MUDRA borrowers, to the extent of 20 per cent of their credit outstanding as on February 29.

Borrowers with credit outstanding up to ₹50 crore as on February 29 this year, and with an annual turnover of up to ₹250 crore are eligible under the scheme. Interest rates under the scheme are capped at 9.25 per cent for Banks and FIs, and 14 per cent for NBFCs. The tenor of loans provided under the scheme is four years, including a moratorium of one year on principal repayment.

As per data uploaded by Member Lending Institutions on the ECLGS portal, an amount of ₹2.03 lakh crore has been sanctioned under the scheme to 60.67 lakh borrowers so far, while an amount of ₹1.48 lakh crore has been disbursed, the release added.

The Finance Industry Development Council, a representative body of NBFCs, had written a letter to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeking an extension of the scheme by two months till December 31.

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Published on November 02, 2020
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