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The definition of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) was redefined on the basis of investment limit and turnover size.
What has changed in the Definition of MSMEs?
- Earlier, the MSMEs were defined on the basis of investments put in, now the revised definitions will also include turnover of the company.
- There will be no more distinction between Manufacturing and Service MSMEs.
- MSMEs will now be called Micro units if they have investments upto Rs 1 crore and turnover of less than Rs 5 crore.
- The definition earlier was on investment criteria of up to Rs 10 lakh for Service MSMEs earlier and Rs 25 lakh or manufacturing.
- For an MSME to be defined as a Small unit, its investment limit has been raised from Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore with a turnover of less than 50 crore.
- This applies to all MSMEs including the Service enterprises which earlier came under investment of up to Rs 2 crore.
- Enterprises with investments up to Rs 20 crore with a turnover of less than Rs 100 crore will now be called Medium units.
- Earlier, the investment limit for Medium units was up to Rs 10 crore and Service enterprises up to Rs 5 crore.
Why was such a change needed?
- The definition being changed is done in the favour of MSMEs.
- There are around 6.3 crore MSME units in the country, with over 99% categorised as small units.
- There has always been this fear, among successful MSMEs also, that if they outgrow the size of what has been defined as an MSME, they will lose their entitled benefits.
- This is why MSMEs like to remain within the definition rather than grow.
- With the revised definitions of MSMEs, they will not have to worry about growing their size and can still avail benefits.
- The criticisms against the move to define MSMEs based on Turnover is that, it will not be in the interest of manufacturers but instead it will benefit assemblers.
-Source: Times of India