Export promotion body demands separate policy to address problems of MSMEs

Export Promotion Council seeks a separate policy to address common problems faced by MSMEs, including adequate and timely credit, high cost of credit, collateral requirements, access to equity capital, and revival of sick units.
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An export promotion body on Monday suggested the government bring out a separate policy for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to address their problems. The Export Promotion Council (EPC) also urged the Uttar Pradesh government to link such a policy with its one-district one-product scheme.

The council highlighted various problems like credit availability and fund cost faced by MSMEs and exhorted the state and central governments and the RBI to address these issues on a priority basis.

EPC Chairman D S Rawat said,

"Despite the significant contributions of the MSME sector, this sector is still facing several challenges such as availability of adequate and timely credit, high cost of credit, collateral requirements, access to equity capital, and revival of sick units.”.

"In view of these problems, the governments need to bring a separate policy for the micro and small industry and UP government should link its ambitious one-district one-product scheme with it," Rawat stressed.

To help the sector, the EPC also announced a four-day summit and trade fair on agro-rural entrepreneurship, unleashing opportunities for youth, women, and artisans from February 13-16 next year in Lucknow, followed by SC-ST entrepreneurship and women empowerment in Purvanchal in May.

The trade fair will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Home Minister Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will also attend, Rawat pointed out.

During the press conference, Rawat and Chairman of the UP Chapter of the EPC Harinarayan Rajbhar jointly released the study on MSME Sector, Uttar Pradesh. The state has acquired the number one position, both in numbers and employment.

According to the study, Uttar Pradesh has registered 100 percent growth in MSMEs between 2015-16 and 2017-18, from 44.03 lakh to 88.89 lakh. 

The state has been, on an average, adding 15 lakh new MSME units every year since 2015-16 and providing jobs to more than 165 lakh people, 27.27 lakh of them women and 137.92 men, the study says.

(Edited by Teja Lele Desai)


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