SLBC Sub Committee asks Banks not to insist upon Collateral Security for MSME loans
Bhubaneswar,: 17th January 2018 (By Prasant Kumar Bhuyan) – The Sub Committee meeting of the State Level Bankers’ Committee of MSME and Skill Development held under the Chairmanship of Shri L.N. Gupta, IAS, ACS, MSME has asked the bankers not to ask for collateral security in the case of loans up to Rs.10 lakh extended to units in the MSE Sector including the units financed under the PMEGP Programme. Further, it reiterated that as per the Master Direction of RBI on lending to MSME sector dtd.21st January, 2016, banks may on the basis of good track record and financial position of the MSME units increase the limit to dispense with the collateral requirement for loans up to Rs.25 lakh. Banks were further told to follow the guidelines of Govt. of India for not to insist upon collateral security for the loans up to Rs.2 crore covered under Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE). From the review, it emerged that during the current year up to 15th January, 1,709 units have been disbursed with margin money (subsidy) of Rs.38.89 crore under PMEGP Programme. The Sub Committee advised the banks to expedite disbursement of assistance in respect of already sanctioned cases and decide the pending applications latest by 15th February, 2018. Further banks were requested to advise each of their branches to consider sanction of at least 3 to 5 PMEGP cases with a view to maximize achievement under programme. The Sub Committee also reviewed the progress of declaration of MSME specialized branches by different banks. So far 230 bank branches have been declared MSME Specialized Branches for the purpose of giving advance to MSMEs. The banks, which have yet to declare MSME specialized branches for all the districts, were asked to do so by 31st January, 2017. As regards, MUDRA, the Convenor, SLBC informed the Sub Committee that the loans of Rs.7436 crore have been disbursed to 25.24 lakh beneficiaries during the current year till date. The Sub Committee asked the banks to sanction more loans under Kishore and Tarun category. The Sub Committee also asked the bankers to regularly hold the meeting of the Stress Committees to consider the cases of potentially viable sick units for their revival and rehabilitation instead of resorting to recovery. It was found that only 13 banks have conducted Stress Committee meetings. The remaining banks were asked to hold Stress Committee meetings early. Banks were advised to pro-actively finance Clusters, Startups and ventures promoted by skilled youth. The meeting, inter alia, was attended by the DGM, MSME, SBI, Convenor, SLBC, UCO Bank, Director of Industries, Odisha, representative of RBI, all the General Managers of DICs and Controllers of different Banks.