It was a few fortnights ago when Mr. Nitin Gadkari took charge of the MSME Ministry. And immediately after joining the office, Mr. Gadkari called all the important stakeholders of the MSME ministry and discussed some core issues that are faced by MSMEs. Well, it came out unanimously that liquidity and credit stand as the biggest challenge for MSMEs’ growth. So, Mr. Gadkari called for a collaborative approach to resolve this issue.
Today, while unleashing a firm plan to solve the problem of delayed payments of MSMEs, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Mr Nitin Gadkari has said that non payment and delay in payments to MSME enterprises will be dealt with very firmly. The Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to solve long standing problems of the MSME sector and give it the required support so that it can realize its full potential in terms of its contribution to GDP and employment generation. The Minister was speaking at a national workshop organized by the MSME Ministry to discuss the issue of delayed payments to MSMEs and ways to deal with it. He said that the Finance Ministry has recently taken some initiatives for the sector which will go a long way in strengthening it. Shri Gadkari further assured that the recommendations of the UK Sinha committee will be implemented soon.
Besides Ministry officials and bankers, the workshop is being attended by entrepreneurs and various stakeholders from the MSME sector. Presentations were made by TReDS, Bombay Stock Exchange, Chamber of Indian MS&M Enterprises, NeSL (National e-governance Services Limited) on the initiatives that are being taken to tackle the problem of delayed payments. Many stakeholders suffering from delayed payments, spoke about their complaints and placed suggestions before the Minister and senior officials.
Shri Gadkari appealed all the stakeholders to use MSME Samadhan Portal so that sufficient data could be gathered about wilful defaulters, register themselves on stock exchanges and also assured them that the ministry will soon launch a marketing portal ‘Bharat Craft’ for the marketing of their products. Ministry has already notified that all companies registered with the Companies Act, 2013 with a turnover of more than Rs. 500 crore and all Central Public Sector Enterprises shall be required to get themselves onboarded on the TReDS (Trade Receivables Discounting System) platform, set up as per the notification of the Reserve Bank of India.
The Ministry has also notified that all companies who get supplies of goods or services from Micro and Small Enterprises and whose payments to suppliers exceeds 45 days from the date of acceptance of the goods or services, shall submit a half yearly return of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs stating the amount of payments due and reason of the delay.
Secretary MSME Shri Arun Kumar Panda assured stakeholders that all their suggestions and problems will be looked into by the Ministry.
Shri Nitin Gadkari also Re-Launched the Credit Linked Capital Subsidy (CLCS) web portal on the occasion. CLCS is a scheme that provides 15% subsidy for additional investment up to ₹ 1 cr. for technology upgradation by MSEs. In the relaunched scheme there is an additional 10 percent subsidy to SC-ST entrepreneurs. MoUs were also signed by the office of DC, MSME with 11 Nodal Banks.
Additional Secretary and Development Commissioner Shri Ram Mohan Mishra welcomed representatives from PSUs, Banks, Industry association and entrepreneurs in the two day long workshop on Credit Linked Capital Subsidy and Delayed Payment of MSMEs.