MSME turnover limit enhanced; support price for paddy hiked

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 01, 2020 Published on June 01, 2020

Nitin Gadkari, MSME Minister   -  Kamal Singh

Last date to avail 3% additional subsidy on short-term farm loans extended to Aug 31

Even as the nation entered Lockdown 5.0 amid a deepening economic crisis, the Centre on Monday made two key announcements in a bid to salvage the situation.

One, the Union Cabinet announced a modification in the definition of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to bring more entities under its ambit, besides approving a ₹50,000-crore funding mechanism for the sector. Two, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) raised the minimum support price (MSP) for 14 kharif crops, including paddy.

MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said the investment and turnover limit for medium enterprises have been increased to ₹50 crore and ₹250 crore, respectively. Last month, it was proposed to hike these limits to ₹20 crore and ₹100 crore from the earlier definition of ₹10 crore and ₹5 crore, respectively.

Under the new system, a micro unit will be one that has an investment of up to ₹1 crore and a turnover of up to ₹5 crore, against the current limit of ₹25 lakh and ₹10 lakh, respectively. Similarly, for small units, the investment and turnover limits have been raised to ₹25 crore and ₹50 crore, respectively, from ₹5 crore and ₹2 crore. No classification will be made in terms of ‘manufacturing’ and ‘services’.

“Earning from exports will not be considered for the calculation of the new limits,” Gadkari said, adding that the changes will come into effect from July 1, post promulgation of ordinances.

About 6.5 crore MSME units contribute nearly 29 per cent of the GDP and 48 per cent of the nation’s exports, apart from providing jobs to nearly 11 crore people.

Two funds for MSMEs

Gadkari also announced the setting of two funds for MSMEs — a distress fund and a fund of funds (FoF). The distress fund, with a corpus of ₹20,000 crore, will offer loans of up to ₹75 lakh each to MSME units in distress. It can help two lakh units.

The FoF, with a corpus of ₹10,000 crore, will be operated through a mother fund and a few daughter funds. The fund structure will help leverage ₹50,000 crore at the daughter funds level. It will provide support to MSMEs to get listed on stock exchanges.

“MSMEs with good potential and export record and GST compliance will get support from this fund,” Gadkari said. Once a unit gets listed, the FoF will offload its equity stake in it and move to invest in other entities.

Paddy MSP up by ₹53/quintal


Meanwhile, the CCEA decided to raise the MSP of paddy by ₹53 per quintal to ₹1,868 per quintal for the 2020-21 crop year. The the rates for oilseeds, pulses and cereals have also been hiked. This is expected to help farmers take a call on which kharif crop to grow as sowing picks up with the arrival of the South-West Monsoon.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the principle behind the decision is that farmers should get at least 50 per cent over costs. The MSPs were decided based on the recommendation of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.

The MSP of Grade A variety of paddy has been increased to ₹1,888 per quintal from ₹1,835 last year. The support price of cotton (medium staple) has been increased by ₹260 per quintal to ₹5,515 (₹5,255 per quintal).

Tomar further said the last date for availing 3 per cent additional subsidy on short-term farm loans of up to ₹3 lakh has been extended to August 31 from May 31.

Published on June 01, 2020
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