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SIDBIs Financial Assistance under Make in India Soft Loan Fund for MSMEs (SMILE) held

25 industries have been identified for  soft loan funding under Make in India Scheme,……… Anil Kulkarni

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is a dedicated financial institution to cater to the financial need of the MSME has recently launched “Make in India Soft Loan Fund for MSMEs” ( SMILE) , to take active part in the Prime Minister’s vision of “Make of India” said  Mr Anil Kulkarni General Manager, SIDBI, Indore Region while delivering a talk at VIA this evening. The programme was organized by VIA Economic and Finance Forum.

Elaborating on the subject, he said under the Scheme entrepreneurs are provided soft loan in the nature of quasi equity and term loan to meet the required debt –equity ratio for establishment of new unit,   as also for modernization, expansion and technical up gradation by the existing unit. Twenty five sectors have been identified under the scheme and Reserve Bank of India has created a corpus of Rs. 10000 Cr to provide soft loan.  Other sectors can also be added on merit, he concluded.

Mr P.K. Nath, Dy General Manager, Sidbi, Nagpur made a detail presentation of the Scheme. The highlight of the Scheme are: Interest rate is between 9.15% to 9.35% for the soft loan  and between 9.45% to 9.95% for the term loan  under SMILE Scheme for a period of three years and thereafter regular rate of interest, Soft is available up to 10% of the project cost  subject to a maximum of 20 lacs and in case of enterprise promoted by SC/ST/Women, this is 15% of the project  cost subject to a maximum of 30 lacs. However minimum promoter’s contribution is 15% for project  cost upto one crore and 20% for the rest, Under the Scheme, repayment period is extended upto 10 years with moratorium period of 36 months, The loan processing fees is also kept at 0.50% which is lower than the normal charges of 1%, Under the SMILE Scheme there is no prepayment charges if the entrepreneur wish to pay the loan early as against the normal prepayment charges of 1% to 3%  levies in other loans.

Mr. Nath further said  that SIDBI also offer unsecured loan under Risk Capital Scheme  for the existing profit making industries  having a good track record.  SIDBI is also processing of subsidies under TUFS, CLCSS and TEQUP as  nodal agency  of the Govt of  India for implementation for these scheme.

Mr Atul Pande, President, VIA in his welcome address thanked SIDBI for  explaining the details of soft loan sunder SMILE. He urged SIDBI, being a pioneer institution for the promotion of MSME,   should also look at the problem of the   sickness in the SME sector and extend necessary help them to come out of the situation. A transparent and bold initiative is the need of the hours to arrest sickness at the appropriate time.

Mr Omprakash Bagdia, Vice President, VIA proposed vote of thanks, while Mr Rohit Agrawal, Chairman of the Economic & Finance Forum coordinated the programme.  Prominently present  were Mr Naresh Jokhotia, Jt Secretary, Mr Pravin Tapadia, Past President, Mr Ashit Sinha, Past VP, Mr Sachin Jajodia and large number of members from SME industries.

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