Liquidity to MSMEs rises as sanctions cross 1.14 lakh cr

New Delhi: Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Secretary Arun Kumar Panda meets Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, to review the economic impact of ‘COVID-19’ on MSME Sector, in New Delhi on March 20, 2020. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) The Government is going all out to ensure that liquidity concerns of the MSME sector are addressed on priority under its Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS).

As of July 4, 2020, public sector and private banks have sanctioned loans worth over Rs 1.14 lakh crore under the 100 per cent Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme, of which more than Rs 56,000 crore has already been disbursed.

There has been a big jump in sanctions in the last couple of weeks and just in last three days up to July 4, sanctions have increased by close to Rs 5,000 crore while disbursement has increased by Rs 4,000 crore.

In a tweet, office of finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “As of 4 July 2020, the total amount sanctioned under the 100 per cent Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme by #PSBs and private banks stands at Rs 1,14,502.58 crore, of which Rs 56,091.18 crore has already been disbursed.”

The ECLGS scheme is the biggest fiscal component of the Rs 20 lakh crore Self-Reliant India Mission package announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in May.

To ensure that the scheme achieve its objective of providing adequate liquidity to the MSME segment during the current difficult period, the finance ministry regularly held meetings with the banks.

A finance ministry statement said that banks from both public and private sector have contributed to the success of the ECLGS. Of the Rs 56,000 crore disbursement, public sector banks have released Rs 35,500 crore to about 13,70,000 MSME accounts while private banks have disbursed Rs 20,500 crore to about 1,55,000 accounts.

The scheme would help more than 30 lakh units of MSMEs and other businesses restart their businesses post the lockdown.

As part of the Aatmanirbhar package, the government had announced its plans for Rs 3 lakh Crore as additional credit to MSMEs and small businesses. Such enterprises were to be eligible to receive up to 20 per cent of their existing borrowing as additional loans at interest rates which were capped.

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