Banks sanction Rs 2.05 lakh cr to 81 lakh MSMEs under credit guarantee scheme

NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry on Friday said banks have sanctioned loans worth Rs 2,05,563 crore to about 81 lakh accounts under the Rs 3-lakh crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector that was impacted by disruptions caused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While, 40 lakh MSME accounts have received Rs 1,58,626 crore till December 4, the Finance Ministry said in a series of tweets. “Rs 3 lakh cr Collateral-Free Guaranteed Loans – Budgetary provision of Rs 4,000 crore made for the Scheme in First Supplementary Demand for Grants for FY 2020-21,” a tweet said.

Announcing Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package 3.0 last month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that Rs 2.05 lakh crore sanctioned and Rs 1.52 lakh crore disbursed under ECLGS 1.0.

“As part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan 3.0 (announced on November 12), ECLGS Scheme has been extended through ECLGS 2.0 for the 26 stress sectors and health care sector with credit outstanding of above Rs 50 crore and up to Rs 500 crore as on February 29, 2020,” a tweet said.

Under ECLGS 2.0, entities with outstanding credit above Rs 50 crore and not exceeding Rs 500 crore as on February 29, 2020, which were less than or equal to 30 days past due as on February 29, 2020 are eligible, the ministry said.

The loans provided under ECLGS 2.0 will have a five-year tenor, with a 12-month moratorium on repayment of principal. The entire Scheme (ECLGS 1.0 and ECLGS 2.0) valid till March 31, 2021, it said.

Some of the sectors identified by the Kamath Committee for one-time debt restructuring included power, construction, real estate, textiles, pharmaceuticals, logistics, cement, auto components and hotel, restaurants and tourism.

The RBI had in August set up the committee headed by former ICICI Bank chairman K V Kamath for suggesting financial parameters to be factored in the resolution plans under the ‘Resolution Framework for COVID-19 related Stress’ along with sector specific benchmark ranges for such parameters.

Talking about progress of other schemes, the Finance Ministry said Rs 775 crore have been released to Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) under the Rs 1,500 crore ‘Interest Subvention for MUDRA-Shishu Loan’.

Of this, Rs 206.73 crore already disburesed to Member Lending Institutions (MLIs) as part of the first tranche for immidiate release of interest subvention benefit.

With regard to the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme, another tweet said, it has covered 1.69 crore farmers with sanctioned credit limit of Rs 1.54 lakh crore as on December 4, 2020.

As part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package, the government has announced to cover 2.5 crore farmers under the KCC scheme with a credit boost of Rs 2 lakh crore through a special saturation drive.

Sharing progress of another scheme, another Finance Ministry tweet said public sector banks (PSBs) have purchased bonds and commercial papers worth Rs 27,794 crore issued by 67 NBFCs under the revamped Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme (PCGS).

“PCGS 2.0-Purchase of portfolio of Rs. 27,794 cr already approved by banks…Rs 25,000 cr. disbursed from Additional Emergency Working Capital Funding for farmers through NABARD (as on December 4),” it said.

New front loaded refinance facility of Rs 30,000 crore sanctioned by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) during COVID-19 to Regional Rural Banks and Cooperative Banks. This is over and above Rs 90,000 crore to be provided by NABARD through the normal refinance route during this year.

Banks sanction Rs 2.05 lakh cr to 81 lakh MSMEs under credit guarantee scheme Banks sanction Rs 2.05 lakh cr to 81 lakh MSMEs under credit guarantee scheme Reviewed by TechCO on 12/11/2020 Rating: 5

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