Maharashtra businesses ministry Subhash Desai
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra authorities is mulling over supplying relief to the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector that has been reeling under the effect of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
“The MSME industry has requested for relief, such as interest subvention, relief from power responsibility and support for salary to be dispersed through the lockdown,” state businesses minister Subhash Desai told TOI. “We’ll think about supplying a relief package following this problem comes from the cupboard.”
Maharashtra has 20 lakh units enrolled as MSMEs. Of them, six lakh have been from the production industry, and the remainder from the service industry.
“The largest challenge for MSMEs is a finance crunch. A massive chunk is obstructed by PSUs. Additionally, 65percent of MSMEs are under the investable tier and are therefore, unable to get the Centre’s relief package,” said Indian Merchants Chamber president Rajiv Podar. “Moreover, the RBI’s interest transmission hasn’t trickled to MSMEs.” He added that the authorities will have to stimulate demand from the market.
“The Centre’s Atma Nirbhar bundle catered more to MSMEs, who have been borrowers, in order to borrow more. The remainder got excluded and therefore are in need of help,” said Anant Singhania, manager of J K Organisation and CEO of J K Enterprises.
The industrial industry around the entire,”confronts a financing challenge because money flow has turned into a grinding halt,” stated Singhania, pointing out the absence of transportation links, both national and local, was hard for movement of products and for earnings in the retail industry. Maintaining office presence low was making matters hard regardless of the’unlock’ moves,” he added.
“Industry is currently working at a sub-optimal degree, facing a shortage of need and shortage of employees,” explained Singhania. He explained that given the high number of migrants who left the towns, authorities had to provide them some confidence for their recurrence.
“There also should be some financial infusion on the marketplace from the authorities and public opinion should change on the floor,” he pointed out.