Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme Loan

As the current health and economic crisis has shown us, preparing for every possible financial eventuality is extremely difficult. Despite the many savings and investments an individual or business might make, even the most well laid out financial plans can sometimes take an unexpected hit. In the event of a financial crisis such as this, employment can become unstable and the future of budding entrepreneurs and small businesses can seem bleak.

However, a number of entrepreneurial ambitions around the country can heave a sigh of relief thanks to the Government-backed PMEGP loan. While the PMEGP loan has been around for more than a decade now, the opportunities created by the scheme have found new relevance in the circumstances of today.

If you are an entrepreneur or a small business owner looking for a much-needed financial impetus, here is everything you need to know about the PMEGP loan:

What is the PMEGP Loan Scheme?

The PMEGP stands for the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme, which is a credit linked subsidy programme that was first launched in the year 2008. The PMEGP came about as a result of merging two previous similar government schemes that shared similar goals and benefits - the Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana and the Rural Employment Generation Programme.

The prime objective of these two programmes and the PMEGP loan scheme at present is to provide much-needed financial encouragement to Indian entrepreneurs in both rural and urban sectors to set up their own businesses and enterprises. As a result of these initiatives, the programme strives to foster employment among the country’s youth and aid the community with new ventures.

The administration of the PMEGP loan scheme is handled by the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises while the implementation is governed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission on the national level. On the district level, the scheme is handled by District Industries Centres as well as banks.

What Does a PMEGP Loan Offer?

Under the PMEGP scheme, the PMEGP loan is a type of term loan offered by the government to entrepreneurs at a specific rate as well as subsidies on their overall project cost. The exact specifics of a PMEGP loan varies based on a number of factors. Here are some of the more important details about how much financial assistance a PMEGP loan offers:

  • Loan Amounts:

 The Government of India offers PMEGP loan amounts based on the sector and the cost of the overall project. For projects in the manufacturing sector, this loan amount is capped at Rs. 25 Lakhs. For projects in the business or service sectors, PMEGP loan amounts are offered up to Rs. 10 Lakhs.

  • Self Investment:

The PMEGP loan scheme also requires a share of self investment in the project from the entrepreneur. For the General category, this share is marked at 10% while for the Special category, this share is 5%. Hence, the government can sanction as much as 90 to 95% of your project if it falls within the upper limit.

  • Subsidy (Rural):

Along with the PMEGP loan, the scheme also offers a certain percentage of subsidy or margin money for your project. For rural enterprises, this subsidy percentage is 25% for the General category and 35% for the Special category.

  • Subsidy (Urban):

For urban enterprises, the subsidy percentage is 15% for the General category and 25% for the Special category.

Apart from these varying factors, all PMEGP loans incur regular interest rates around 11-12% per annum. Also, the tenure for repayment of a PMEGP loan can be around 3 to 7 years, with a moratorium period of 6 months. As for collateral, all PMEGP loans up to Rs. 10 Lakhs do not require any form of security, as per guidelines from the Reserve Bank of India.

What are the Objectives of PMEGP Loans?

As discussed above, the PMEGP loan scheme was launched with the goal of boosting employment among the youth and encouraging rural and urban entrepreneurs to set up new micro enterprises.

However, apart from this overarching goal, the Government has further delineated the goal of the PMEGP scheme with this four-fold objective:

  • Generating employment opportunities in both rural as well as urban areas of India by setting up various new projects, micro-enterprises and ventures.

  • For providing a common structure and source of self-employment opportunities for artisans and sections of unemployed youth spread across the country.

  • To eliminate the need for rural people to migrate and seek employment opportunities in urban areas by providing them with stable modes of employment within their own region. This goes a long way in aiding traditional artisans and sections of unemployed youth who only manage to secure seasonal employment in a year.

  • To help boost the income earning opportunities and capacity of artisans and increase the rate of employment in both rural and urban areas.

Who Can Apply For a PMEGP Loan?

The PMEGP loan scheme strives to make a substantial improvement in the employment and entrepreneurship landscape of the country. It follows that the PMEGP loans have specific criteria for budding entrepreneurs or businesses that may be eligible for this beneficial opportunity.

Here is a comprehensive list of individual and organisation criteria that determine the eligibility of the PMEGP loan:

  • If the beneficiary is an individual, he or she must be above 18 years of age.

  • For individuals seeking a PMEGP loan for a project cost above Rs. 10 Lakhs within the manufacturing sector, he or she must have studied and passed at least Class 8. The same loan criteria applies for project costs above Rs. 5 Lakhs within the business or service sector.

  • Self-help groups are also eligible for PMEGP loans. This is, however, contingent on the condition that the group has not availed any benefits under any other scheme.

  • Societies  registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 are also eligible for  PMEGP loans.

  • Co-operative Societies involved in production businesses.

  • Charitable Trusts.

What are the Documents Needed for a PMEGP Loan?

After ascertaining whether an individual or organisation meets the eligibility criteria listed above, they can move on to the next step - collecting the necessary documents for the PMEGP loan application process.
Here is a comprehensive list of the documents you will require before applying for a PMEGP loan:

  • First and foremost, you will require the standard documents required for most loan applications. These are documents that serve as proof of identity, proof of address and other such essential information. Since the PMEGP loan scheme is government-backed, the primary among these documents could be your Aadhaar and PAN cards.

  • As mentioned above, the subsidy rates offered with the PMEGP loans depend on the category that the beneficiary falls under - that is, General or Special. Hence, an essential document for this loan would be a caste or community certificate. This certificate will particularly help establish your eligibility under the appropriate category.

  • You must also include a claim for the appropriate subsidy that applies to you.

  • A detailed break-up of your project cost and relevant details about the expenditure and capital required for a single cycle.

How to Apply for a PMEGP Loan

Finally, on checking your eligibility criteria and collecting all the necessary documents, all that remains in the process of availing the PMEGP loan is the application process. Offering immense convenience to entrepreneurs everywhere, the loan application can be completed and submitted entirely online.

 Here are the simple steps you need to follow to avail a PMEGP loan:

  • Start by logging on to the official E-portal page of the PMEGP scheme on the KVIC website online. 

  • Click on the applicable option available on the page - individual or non-individual - and you will be directed to an online application form.

  • Fill out the relevant details on the form. 

  • When completed, click the ‘Save Applicant Data’ button on the bottom of the page.

  • The last step will require you to upload the necessary documents (as mentioned above) and then submit the application.

  • You will receive all application related details on the contact details you provide. The applicable PMEGP loan for you will subsequently be processed.

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