New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Miscro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is lobbying hard with the public sector banking enterprises to extend loan facilities to micro, small and medium enterprises at base rate so that this segment is able to access vast capital from the financial and banking institutions at much cheaper rates and roll out quality products and run their enterprises effectively, according to the Union Minister for MSME Kalraj Mishra.
“To ensure this, I am meeting the senior functionaries of banking and financial institutions at Lucknow on Thursday (tomorrow) so that an earlier decision is taken on this front with their concurrence which will be duly endorsed subsequently by the Reserve Bank of India, Finance Minsitry and the Prime Minister Office,” said Mishra.
Inaugurating the 2nd Innovation Summit-2014 under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Wednesday, Mishra said that micro, small and medium enterprises across the country needed capital at relaxed rates of interest to run their enterprises and cater to the needs of their big brothers as well as contributes substantially to India’s manufacturing and external engagements.
“A couple of weeks ago, after my meeting with the representatives of host of micro and small industry associations here in New Delhi following intense and protracted discussions with them, it was consented that the Ministry of MSME would work hard to ensure that base rate interest regime would be facilitated for the small and tiny enterprises.
Subsequently, this concern of theirs was forwarded to the Prime Minister Office by the MSME Ministry and as a follow up action, I would be having conclusive parleys with the representatives of the banking and financial institutions so that with due deliberations the base rate interest regime is prevailed for this segment of industry. There has to be an intense focus on rural entrepreneurs and we will try to simplify business procedures for their growth”, Mishra explained.
“My Ministry has been working hard to make sure that the new government succeeds in setting up of Credit Guarantee Trust Funds to extend liberal packages to MSME as a whole and inputs have already been incorporated in the new draft MSME Policy which is at the advanced stage of finalization. The government proposes to roll out the new policy in the next 30 days”, said Mishra.
As per stipulation of the new policy, the general procedures as well as procurement procedures would be vastly simplified and all clearances for setting up of micro and small businesses would be accorded online within a fixed period of 15 days, assured the Minister.