DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek announces Rs 2000 cr credit guarantee fund for startups
Central and state governments have taken multiple steps in the past to make the business environment more favorable for startups in India. Taking a step further in this direction, the Modi government would shortly set up a Credit Guarantee Fund with a corpus of Rs.2000 crores to support their ventures and risk taking abilities.
Addressing a Conference on Start Up India, Challenges and Sustainability, Secretary, DIPP, Ramesh Abhishek said that with this corpus of Rs.2,000 crores in place, the startups would receive financial support from banks and financial institutions with collateral free guarantee.
There's no time limit prescribed at the moment as to when the Credit Guarantee Fund would come about. Abhishek, however, added that with this fund being operational in near future, the startups could look up for financial assistance for their ventures that would be available easily.
Elaborating on the issue of softening existing regulations for startups, Abhishek pointed out that DIPP would take up this issue with entities such as RBI, SEBI and Department of Corporate Affairs among others.
Relaxations on existing taxes for startups
Secretary, DIPP said that the issue of relaxations on existing taxes for startups was also being perused by the government among the various concerned stakeholders since the startups venture is one of the top priorities of the Modi government as it would not only create wealth for promoter of such ventures but also facilitate employment creation.
Minister of State for HRD, Dr. Pandey felt that sufficient incentives and motivations should be given to those that wish to set up their venture with the spirit of innovations and also suggested that the spirit of innovations need to be promoted at the basic levels of Indian education system through vernacular mode of communications.
Among others who spoke on the occasion demanding sufficient and adequate supportive policies to promote startup ventures in India comprised Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma; Additional Secretary, DIPP, Sanjeev Gupta; Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Prof. K Vijay Raghvan and President, Alumni Association, IIT Kanpur Outer Delhi Chapter, Anurag Goel.