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Last updated: 08 Feb, 2018  

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SME Times News Bureau | 08 Feb, 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired on Wednesday approved change in the basis of classifying Micro, Small and Medium enterprises from 'investment in plant & machinery/equipment' to 'annual turnover'.

The MSME ministry said that section 7 of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006 will be amended to define units producing goods and rendering services in terms of annual turnover .

Under the new definition, a micro enterprise will be defined as a unit where the annual turnover does not exceed five crore rupees; a small enterprise will be defined as a unit where the annual turnover is more than five crore rupees but does not exceed Rs 75 crore; and a medium enterprise will be defined as a unit where the annual turnover is more than seventy five crore rupees but does not exceed Rs 250 crore.

Additionally, the Central Government may, by notification, vary turnover limits, which shall not exceed thrice the limits specified in Section 7 of the MSMED Act.

At present the MSMED Act (Section 7) classifies the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on the basis of investment in plant and machinery for manufacturing units, and investment in equipment for service enterprises.

The criterion of investment in plant and machinery stipulates self declaration which in turn entails verification if deemed necessary and leads to transaction costs.

"Taking turnover as a criterion can be pegged with reliable figures available e.g. in GST Network and other methods of ascertaining which will help in having a non discretionary, transparent and objective criteria and will eliminate the need for inspections, make the classification system progressive and evolutionary, help in overcoming the uncertainties associated with the classification based on investment in plant & machinery/equipment and employment, and improve the ease of doing business," the ministry said in a statement.

In addition the amendment will provide flexibility to the Government to fine-tune the classification of MSMEs in response to changing economic scenario without resorting to the amendment of MSMED (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development) Act.

"The change in the norms of classification will enhance the ease of doing business. The consequent  growth and will pave the way for increased direct and indirect employment in the MSME sector of the country," the MSME ministry said.

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Very appropriate decision
Bhagawath Prasad | Wed Jul 25 06:11:02 2018
We appreciate ministry for it's decision, it's really a good decision

Subhash mutha | Thu Feb 15 06:43:00 2018
Will this will applicable to MPCB &CPCB Various categories powers to RO and SRO etc

Rate of Interest by Banks for MSME units
M A Mulla..Sangli. Maharashtra.. | Thu Feb 15 04:20:15 2018
To support the growth of MSEM industries the Govt should bring down the rate of bank interest less than 5 %.This will help MSME to be competitive in international markets as well.

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