Government policy should be aligned to MSME
Needs to attain USD 5 trillion economy

Dr. Vijay Kalantri, President – All India Association of Industries (AIAI), Chairman – World Trade Centre Mumbai (WTC) submitting a Memorandum on “Government policy should be aligned to MSME” to Shri. Narayan Rane, Honorable Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) on the occasion of International MSME Day 2022.Government policy should be aligned to MSME
Needs to attain USD 5 trillion economy

“On the occasion of “International MSME Day” in our Memorandum submitted in Mumbai
Shri Narayan Rane, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), AIAI
emphasized that Government policies should be made in tune with the need of the MSME
sector,” said Dr. Vijay Kalantri, President – All India Association of Industries (AIAI)
Chairman World Trade Centre Mumbai ( WTC)
MSMEs are the backbone of Indian economy as they contribute 30% to the GDP and 49% of
Indian export and if the Government aims to attain USD 5 trillion economy by 2027, MSMEs, should be the focal of our policy measures.
AIAI / WTC further feels that MSME sector has been facing challenges due to series of
disruptions right from the Demonetisation, GST and Pandemic and now the emerging challenge
is due to input cost which is reducing the margins of MSME.

Dr. Kalantri feels we are at a loss looking at the sickness in MSME sector due to increase in
steel prices, cement and chemical input cost and freight cost which is making us economically
unviable, stressed Dr. Kalantri.
Further, there are more than six crore MSMEs, of them more than 2 crore units don’t have
access to bank credit, Banks charge as high as 9.3% interest on MSME loans, while large
industries pay less at 7.7% and around 69% of payments by PSUs are delayed by 60 days
beyond the due date, said Dr. Kalantri.

Dr. Kalantri further added that the Union Government did step in during the Covid lockdown
to help the suffering MSMEs by announcing a stimulus package and introducing schemes like
the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS). It is, however, said that the financial
aid of the governments — both the Centre and states — did not reach the majority of the
MSMEs due to ineligibility and some impacted by NPAs. Further, the governments’ financial
packages came with riders making only 7% to 8% of MSMEs eligible.

“Others did not have any avenue or choice. They were left high and dry as they were not
considered. The problem is the government treated all sectors on an equal footing. They should
have gone for a case-to-case, sector-to-sector, or impact-to-impact solution. Those who wanted
credit never got, and those who did not need but were eligible did not avail nor needed more
credit,” said Dr. Kalantri.

“There is “Total Disconnect” between reality and policy measures. The government should
stop “frowning at domain experts” and involve MSMEs while formulating policies, if we need
to concentrate on our exports. “It was like performing a surgery without administering
anaesthesia,” said Dr. Kalantri

AIAI / WTC suggests that SIDBI may be converted into full-fledged commercial bank. MSME
vendors should be given priority payment under IBC cases. Government may introduce
mandatory public disclosure of outstanding MSME vendor dues by large corporate buyers and
implement all the recommendations of past MSME Expert Committees.

We also feel that the Government may provide inland freight subsidy for MSME exporters in
hinterland. Chemical, leather and pharma units are dependent on China and other countries for
input components. Government may provide soft loans and land for developing input
component manufacturing. Cost of electricity is too high in India; Government may provide
power subsidy to exporters in leather, textile, chemicals and other units and Government may
also open raw material depot for MSMEs.
We are confident that these measures will address the challenges faced by Indian MSMEs,
make them globally competitive and increase their contribution to economic growth.

This article was shared with Prittle Prattle News as a Press Release.

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