The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector is the backbone of the Indian economy and plays a crucial role in providing employment opportunities and boosting economic growth. The government of India and state governments have launched various loan schemes to provide financial support to MSMEs in their respective states. One such state that has been actively promoting the growth of MSMEs is Tripura. Tripura provides various MSME Loan schemes, incentives, subsidies etc.

Located in Northeast India, Tripura is one of the smallest states in the country but has a rich cultural heritage and a significant contribution to the bamboo industry. The Tripura state government has introduced several MSME loan schemes to encourage the establishment and growth of MSMEs, especially in sectors like bamboo and handicrafts. These schemes aim to provide financial assistance, technical support, and marketing opportunities to MSMEs in the state.

In this blog, we will discuss the various loan schemes available for MSMEs in Tripura and how they can benefit from them. We will also provide a detailed analysis of each scheme and create separate tables to help entrepreneurs understand the eligibility criteria and other relevant details.

Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (CLCSS)

Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme was launched in October 2000 by the Government of India. This scheme provides necessary funds to MSMEs for upgrading their existing technologies. Enterprises can use this scheme to upgrade their existing plant and machinery and increase profit. This scheme has no upper loan limit, but the subsidy is calculated on the loan amount sanctioned for P&M purchase only. The following are its main features:

Loan amount No upper limit
Subsidy 15% of the loan amount
Annual guarantee fee 0.75%-1.0%
Loan tenure Flexible tenure depending upon the repayment capacity

Mahila Udyam Nidhi Scheme

The Mahila Udyam Nidhi Scheme provides financial assistance to women entrepreneurs who want to start new ventures or expand their existing businesses. The main motive of the scheme is to empower women entrepreneurs across the state. Please note that these schemes are now available only through Punjab National Bank. The following are some of its features:

Loan amount Up to Rs. 10 lakh
Loan interest 5% per annum
Loan tenure 5 to 7 years
Educational Qualification 10th standard
Age & Gender Women aged 18 to 55 years

Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY)

The Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) is a flagship central government scheme launched in 2015. It provides micro-loans to non-corporate, non-farm micro and small enterprises in both rural and urban areas.

PMMY offers loans under three categories, depending on the stages of business growth and funding needs:

  • Shishu Mudra: Up to Rs. 50,000
  • Kishore Mudra: Rs. 50,001 to Rs. 5 lakh
  • Tarun Mudra: Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh

MUDRA loans are availed through various financial institutions, including Public sector banks, Private sector banks, Regional Rural Banks, Small Finance Banks, Microfinance Institutions, and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs).

Unlike other loan schemes, PMMY doesn’t have specific criteria for age, gender, tenure, interest rates, etc. All these factors can vary based on the category of the loan and the policies of the lending institution.

Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)

PMEGP is a credit-linked subsidy scheme administered by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), which aims at creating job opportunities by establishing micro-enterprises. The main target of this scheme is Women, Traditional and prospective artisans and Unemployed youth. The following are some of its main features:

Age Minimum age of 18
Interest rate Between 11% -12% depending on the bank
Loan tenure 3-7 years
Education qualification VIII standard pass
Maximum Loan amount Rs. 1 Crore
Subsidy 15% to 35%

Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE).

CGTMSE is a joint initiative launched in 2000 by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), the Government of India, and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). It encourages financial institutions to provide collateral-free credit schemes to micro and small enterprises. In case of any default, the bank can file a claim with CGTMSE. The following are some of its main features:

Loan amount Up to 5 crore
Collateral Not required
Loan tenure 5-10 years
Annual Guarantee fee 0.37%-1.35%
Age Minimum age of 18

Stand-up India

Stand-up India is a central government scheme launched in 2016. It provides bank loans for entrepreneurship among women and members of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). Existing businesses cannot avail loans through this scheme, as these are provided for starting new businesses. These loans are provided through various banks, including scheduled commercial banks, regional rural banks (RRBs), and small finance banks.

This scheme provides loan amounts ranging from Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 1 crore. The interest rates and tenure vary depending on the nature of the business and other factors such as the nature of the business, credit policies of the lender, etc.

SIDBI Make in India Soft Loan Fund for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (SMILE)

SMILE is a scheme launched by the central government to provide financial assistance to 25 Identified sectors under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. This scheme promotes the ‘Make in India’ initiative among entrepreneurs. SMILE provides adequate funding for the setting up of new enterprises and also for the expansion of existing ones. The following are some of its main features:

Loan tenure Maximum 10 years
Loan amount From Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.25 lakhs
Interest rates Depending on enterprises’ requirement
Nature of loan Quasi-equity and term loans

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