The number of people infected in India is all set to touch the 50,000 mark even as the country has begun to ease restrictions across several states, as it enters the third phase of nationwide lockdown. This was a much needed step given that economic activity had almost come to a halt. GDP growth for April to June 2020 quarter is being predicted at a meagre 1 to 2%. Businesses have been struggling to stay afloat. The pandemic has dealt a big blow to the small and medium industries sector which contribute 25% to the country’s GDP. However, there is some good news.
Loans sanctioned to small businesses by the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana have registered a sharp increase for FY 2020 standing at 3,23,574 crores. So much so, that they have gone beyond Rs. 3,21,723 crores, the loan amount doled out during the previous financial year ending March 2019. What is to be noted is that a considerable chunk of Mudra loan approvals happened between the period from February 2020 till the announcement of the lockdown by the Prime Minister. As much as Rs. 1.25 lakh crores was disbursed to small and micro enterprises in just 45 days to help them tide over the financial crisis in the businesses.
This has come as a relief to the MSME sector which has perhaps been the hardest hit due to this crisis. With most of the migrant workers employed by these enterprises having moved back to their villages, manufacturing has stopped. According to the Annual Report of Department of MSMEs(2018-19), India is home to 6.34 crore MSMEs which employ more than 11 crore people. 51% of these are located in rural areas while 55% of the employment happens in urban MSMEs. Not only this, the MSME sector contributes 33% to the Indian manufacturing sector as well.
Read more on how mudra scheme helps small businesses.
Genesis of Mudra Loans
Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, a government-backed scheme was introduced in 2015 to extend financial support in the form of loans. Businesses not falling under the corporate or farming sector including small and micro enterprises can avail up to Rs. 10 Lakhs without paying any collateral in order to finance their business needs. Commercial banks, non-banking financial institutions, small finance banks as well as micro finance institutions have been engaged for speedy approval of loans. However the majority of disbursals happen through banks in the public sector, which form a major chunk of the distribution channels in force.
There are three categories of Mudra loan under the Yojana. Loan amount of upto Rs. 50,000 is classified as Shishu loan, while that between Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 5 Lakhs is termed as Kishore loan. Those above Rs. 5 Lakhs up to Rs. 10 Lakhs fall in the category of Tarun loans. With the formal banking system not even able to supply one-third of the credit required by MSMEs, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana is a step to ease the liquidity woes of the sector and enable access to finance to give it a new lease of life. Learn Mudra Loan application process and apply for mudra scheme easily with the help of Finserv MARKETS.
Financing the MSME sector
The sector is struggling to survive in the wake of the pandemic with decreased or no revenues and the lack of cash to wait and watch till businesses can return to normal. The unavailability of labour further complicates the situation. In such trying times, collateral free loans such as Mudra loans available on Finserv MARKETS are a huge relief to small businesses with the government taking the credit guarantee assuring the financial institution of repayment even if the loan amount cannot be paid by the MSME.
The success of loans under PMMY can be gauged by the fact that a bulk of them for FY 2020 fell under the Shishu category with most beneficiaries being women. Not only this, had the loan duration for FY 2020 not been cut short by the countrywide lockdown, an estimated Rs 3.50 lakh crore would have been sanctioned as a part of the scheme. As small businesses rethink their strategies of coping with the current crisis, they will require financing in order to revive and reboot their fledgling enterprises.
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