In continuation with the earlier article where registration process under MSME Act was elaborated, this article covers the benefits of being an entity registered under MSME, Act. Read-Registration under MSME Act
♦ Benefits of MSME registration
Collateral Free Automated Loan
How MSME loans happen in 59 MINUTES
1. Simple Online application process
2. Documents required for loan procedure :
3. Apply here : https://www.psbloansin59minutes.com/business-loan
4. Banks who offer MSME loans: PNB, SBI, BOI, BOB, IDBI and other nationalised banks.
5. Private Banks may not approve loans even after submitting the certification along with cover letter. In such scenario the entity can communicate with the bank manager or file grievance at https://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/Complaints.aspx as the last resort.
Equity Infusion for MSMEs through fund of funds (‘FOF’)
Since Government has observed the inability of raising debt by MSME’s beyond a particular level, it recently announced Rs. 50,000 crores Equity Infusion for MSME’s through fund of funds. It means that the government will invest Rs. 10,000 crores to create FOF & the rest Rs 40,000 crores will be put in by investors. This will help MSME in following ways:
(Fund of Fund that works with venture capitalists to create funds is known as daughter fund & the government’s contribution is the mother fund)
The Fund of Funds is managed by SIDBI, which invests the money into Alternate Investment Funds, which in turn invest in start-ups*
*Note: Until now, the government has not officially released any details on how the proposed MSME Fund of Funds will be run or what kinds of companies it would invest in.
Reduction in Rate of Interest
All the type of loans cash credit/ overdraft/ term loans etc. shall be eligible for interest subvention for 2% – 3% from Government of India. Hence it is beneficial for entities to get registered under MSME Act.
Provision of Subordinate Debt (Covered in Budget 2020)
To meet liquidity requirements for few companies, under Atmanirbhar Bharat, the Government of India would facilitate the provision of Rs 20,000 crores Subordinate Debt for functioning MSMEs which are delayed on repayment of loans or have made their loans as NPA. It would also be fully guaranteed via the Credit Guarantee Trust for the Medium and Small Entrepreneurs (CGTMSE).
MSMEs being a group of small and medium size units require more liquid funds than large corporates for their business expansion, but banks and NBFCs due to doubtful mind and to play safe are often unwilling to extend the line of credit for these units. Knowing the fact that subordinate loans carries a higher rate of interest, they are listed as a long-term liability on the company books and thus help the MSME units with more liquid capital to invest in their growth and expansion in the present scenario. In case of any defaults, the entrepreneur is required to first clear the unsubordinated loans before the subordinate debt.
From the point of view of working capital and liquidity, the above provision is a boon for MSMEs.
Disallowance of Global Tender up to Rs. 200 crores
Apart from liquidity enhancement measures, recently in COVID-19 relief measures government had announced economic support package for MSME where the government has taken a step towards increasing the market for MSME in India.
Moreover, Indian MSMEs and other companies have often faced challenges and unfair competition from foreign companies. Therefore, Global tenders will be disallowed in Government procurement tenders up to rupees 200 crores.
The government has notified amendments to General Financial Rules (GFR) to ensure that goods and services valued less than Rs 200 crore are being procured from domestic firms, a move which will benefit MSMEs.
Protection against delay in payment
Companies have been mandated to release all payments to a MSME Enterprise outstanding for more than 45 days immediately.
Hence forth delayed payments can be enforced on MSME Samadhaan platform through the MSME Facilitation Council and the entity can recover the delayed payments along with three times bank interest of SBI. Note that period of credit is by default prescribed as 45 days maximum if not specified. Lower credit period can be as agreed upon between the buyers and sellers.
About MSME Samadhaan Platform
MSME Samadhaan is the delayed payment monitoring system. Ministry of MSME has taken an initiative for filing online application by the supplier MSE unit against the buyer of goods/services before the concerned MSEFC of his/her State/UT. These will be viewed by MSEFC Council for their actions and also will be visible to Concerned Central Ministries, Departments, CPSEs, State Government, etc. for pro-active actions.
It’s a simple process, and even new MSME units registered in between can apply for clearance of their outstanding dues. Just have to visit https://samadhaan.msme.gov.in/MyMsme/MSEFC/MSEFC_Welcome.aspx, proceed with the application using its MSME number. If in case the entity’s application gets rejected, the reason for the same will be reflected.
Also as per Section 19 of the MSMED Act, 2006, no court will entertain the decree or order given by the MSME Council for recovery of dues unless the buyer has deposited 75% of the disputed amount with the court and court shall give a portion of this amount to MSME units. Before proceeding with legal case, the MSME unit must write to the auditors of the buyers informing about the outstanding claims and also specify the outstanding amount along with interest to be mentioned in the annual statement of accounts as per Companies Act, 2013.
MSME Samadhaan Portal
Note: If the entity’s application gets rejected, it receives email on their registered email address with the reason for rejection.
♦ Impact of Budget 2020 over MSME Units
One of the key focuses of Union Budget 2020 was to accelerate the growth of MSME sectors. Here are the highlights:
Requirement for Audit
In order to reduce the compliance burden on small retailers, traders, shopkeepers who comprise the MSME sector, the turnover threshold for audit has been raised from the existing Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 5 crore. The increased limit shall apply only to those businesses which carry out less than 5% of their business transactions in cash.
Trade Receivable Discounting system
In order to enhance economic and financial sustainability of MSMEs, amendments have been proposed to the Factor Regulation Act 2011. The amendment will enable NBFCs to extend invoice financing to MSMEs through Trade Receivable Discounting systems or TReDS. The objective of TReDS, launched by the Reserve Bank of India in December 2016, is to facilitate financing of invoices / bills of MSMEs drawn on corporate and other buyers, including the Government Departments and PSUs, by way of discounting by financiers.
Ease of doing business
An app-based invoice financing loans product will be launched. This will obviate the problem of delayed payments and consequential cash flows mismatches for the MSMEs.
It will create a single window e-logistics market and focus on generation of employment, skills and making MSMEs competitive. A National Logistics Policy will be released soon which will clarify the key regulators.
Restraint on import of items being produced by Domestic MSMEs
Special attention has been taken to put measured on restraint of import of those items which are being produced by our MSMEs with better quality. Keeping in view the need of this sector, customs duty is being raised on items like footwear and furniture.
There are several schemes rolled out by the Government of India for catering to the development of the MSME Sector. Some of them are listed below.
There are total 9 schemes active for MSME sector. For detail access one can visit: https://msme.gov.in/all-schemes
Note: Under capital linked capital subsidy scheme (CLCSS) an entity can claim 15% or Rs. 15 Lac Capital Subsidy on Automatic and Semi-Automatic Machines procured through bank finance.
To avail such benefits a further registration is required on www.msmedatabank.in.
♦ Information Technology Initiative
There are currently four active portals under this initiative to ease the business of MSME sector and allow them the reach for speedy solutions, resolutions and actions.
For in detail access of these portals, one can visit: https://msme.gov.in/it-initiative
Prime Minister launches CHAMPIONS
On 1st June 2020, PM Narendra Modi launched “CHAMPIONS”, a technology platform to empower MSME units. “CHAMPIONS” is a short form given for the aim of Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength.
(Link – https://champions.gov.in/MyMsme/grievance/COM_Grievance_Welcome.aspx)
This initiative acts as a single window for registrations, filing grievances, updates on different schemes, feedback, FAQs and other matters related to MSME Sector. Following images show the actions that can be done through CHAMPIONS
The webpage at the above link conveys the objectives behind the launch of this initiative.
Future of MSME
Looking at the current situation of our country and how it has affected our economy, registration of an entity under MSME Act is a medium to enjoy the benefits available to such unit. MSME segment is expected to play a significant role in the emergence of the Indian economy. The development of this segment is extremely critical for start-ups, to meet the national imperatives and employment generation across urban and rural areas of the country. In this way, it can nurture and support development of new age entrepreneurs who have the potential to create globally competitive businesses from India.
As India embarks on a new wave of economic revival and growth, adoption of an MSME oriented framework will provide the necessary impetus to seize the opportunities created by:
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