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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MSMEs DURING COVID

 The  Government of India has launched Self Reliant India (SRI) Fund, a fund of funds which aims to extend growth funding to MSMEs.   

The highlights of SRI Fund are as under:-  

  • To provide funding support to Daughter Funds for onward provision as growth capital through equity, quasi-equity and debt (as permitted under relevant SEBI guidelines).
  • To support faster growth of MSMEs and thereby ignite the economy and create employment opportunities.
  • To support MSMEs to graduate beyond the MSME bracket and become National/International Champions.
  • To support MSMEs which help making India self-reliant by producing relevant technologies, goods and services.
  • Daughter Funds which are interested in investing in MSMEs shall be empanelled.
  • 20% of the funds invested in MSMEs shall be provided by SRI Fund.
  • MSMEs as per the definition given in the MSMED Act shall be eligible provided, after assessment, they are found viable, have a positive growth trajectory, and have a defined business plan for growth. Previous 3 years CAGR will be considered.
  • Non Profit institutions, NBFCs, financial inclusion sector, micro credit sector and other financial intermediaries shall not be eligible for consideration.

Assuming an average investment of Rs. 10.00 Crore per MSMEs, approximately 5000 MSME are likely to be benefited.   

The financial support under this scheme intends to increase the financial capacity of viable MSMEs for growth to expand their business and become National/International Champions.   

The scheme is being implemented by a special purpose vehicle named “NSIC Venture Capital Fund Limited”. As informed by NSIC Venture Capital Fund Limited, a Commitment of Rs.1,080 crore has been approved so far.   

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