Economic Upturn for MSMEs in India is round the corner, reveals CII survey


The second quarter of the year 2009 - 2010 (July - September) may be the upturn point for the Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), according to the MSME outlook survey, conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The survey analysis for the second quarter of 2009 - 2010 (July - September), highlighted that 45 percent respondents registered an increase in their turnover, 42 percent respondents registered an increase in their production, 38 percent registered an increase in their order booking vis-a-vis the first quarter of 2009- 2010.

Earlier during the first quarter of 2009- 2010, 37 percent of respondents registered an increase in their production and inventory, however, simultaneously while assessing the performance of turnover and profitability on MSMEs , 42 percent and 43 percent respondents registered a decline in their turnover and profitability respectively, vis-a-vis the last quarter of 2008-2009, according to the CII MSME outlook survey.

The positive shift in (turnover & order booking) the second quarter of 2009-2010 vis-a-vis the first quarter may be attributed to the "Trickle down affect" of the various measures announced as part of the stimulus packages announced by the Government of India & the Reserve Bank of India, during the December 2008 & January 2009.



It may be recalled that the First stimulus package included measures such as the Reduction in CENVAT by 4 %, Interest rate cut of 0.5% for Small and 1 % for Micro enterprises by PSU banks, Export support by interest subvention of 2 %, Reduction in lock in period under Credit Guarantee scheme from 24 to 18 months and Additional Plan Expenditure of Rs 20,000 crores. Also the Second stimulus package included initiatives such as restoration of DEPB rates prior to Nov 2008 till 31 Dec 2009, Duty Drawback benefits for certain products like bicycles, agricultural hand tools, and specified category of yarns with retrospective effect from 01/09/2008, which were expected to have a beneficial impact for the MSMEs.

At the same time, initiatives such as Special Monthly meeting of State Level Bankers Committees (SLBC) to look into the matters between MSMEs and Banks not resolved within a fortnight, Enhancement in the Guarantee cover under Credit Guarantee scheme from 50% to 85% for loan up to Rs 5 lacs and Rs 5,000 crore RBI credit to EXIM Bank for pre and post shipment credit, were also expected to have a beneficial impact and contribute towards easing the liquidity for the MSMEs.

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