msme loans – Public and Private Sector banks have sanctioned loans worth Rs 1.58 lakh crore under the 100% Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS), the Finance Ministry informed on Thursday 3.09.2020

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday reviewed the progress made by various lenders under ECLGS, PCGS 2.0 and Sub-ordinate Debt Schemes announced as part of the ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’. 

An amount of Rs 1.58 lakh crore has been sanctioned as on August 31 2020 under ECLGS, out of which more than Rs 1.11 lakh crore has also been disbursed. Under PCGS 2.0, Bonds/CPs of Rs 25,055.5 crore have been approved for purchase by Public Sector Banks so far, out of which Rs 13,318.5 crore amounting to more than 53% of the portfolio pertains to Bonds/CPs rated below AA-, the Finance Ministry statement said.

FM Sitharaman has advised lenders to try and extend the maximum possible relief to borrowers before the festive season. 

The ECLGS was announced by the Government as a part of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package, to mitigate the distress caused by lockdown due to COVID-19 by providing credit to different sectors, especially MSMEs.

The top lenders under the Scheme are State Bank of India (SBI), Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank (PNB), Bank of India, Union Bank of India and HDFC Bank Ltd- .msme loans

As part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package, government had announced its plans for Rs 3 lakh crore as additional credit to MSMEs and small businesses. Such enterprises were to be eligible to receive up to 20 percent of their existing borrowing as additional loans at interest rates which were capped.- msme loans

The minister also said distress must not impact the lenders’ assessment of their creditworthiness as and when the moratorium on loan repayments is lifted.

also focused on ensuring banks putting in place Board-approved policy for resolution, identifying eligible borrowers and reaching out to them.”

The lenders assured that they are ready with their resolution policies, have started the process of identifying and reaching out to eligible borrowers, and that they will comply with the timelines stipulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).Banks sanction Rs 1.58 lakh crore loans to MSMEs Banks sanction Rs 1.58 lakh crore loans to MSMEs

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