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Last updated: 12 Nov, 2018  

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SME Times News Bureau | 12 Nov, 2018

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday emphasised the role of banks in lending to the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector.

Speaking via video-conference at an event here to mark the 100th anniversary of the Union Bank of India, Jaitley said that it is only through the banking sector that lending can be provided to sectors such as the MSMEs and NBFCs.

The Finance Minister said that the banking system needed to be strengthened to meet the market's liquidity requirements and drive economic growth.

The central government has in the last four years pumped Rs 70,000 crore and Rs 2.12 lakh crore into state-run banks in separate tranches to help the bad debt-laden lenders, he said.

These steps to infuse capital have improved the banks' lending capacity, on which the future of economic growth depends, he said.

Jaitley added that policies have to be targeted towards improving the lending capacity of the banking system and to improve liquidity available for the markets.

Terming the Goods and Services Tax as a 'monumental' reform, Jaitley said the implementation of the indirect tax had impacted economic growth for only two quarters.

He contended that the economy rebounded after a decline in the first two quarters after the GST came into force.

His comments came a day after reports cited former Reserve bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan as saying that GST and demonetisation slowed India's economic growth at a time when other economies were expanding fast.

It's true that for two quarters after GST, growth got impacted but in the subsequent quarters, the economy expanded by 7 per cent, 7.7 per cent and 8.2 per cent, he said.

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Excellent decision for MSMEs
Bhagawath Prasad | Mon Nov 12 16:33:45 2018
Sir, all of us are aware that , due to some internal complications and compliances , NBFCs happened to exist as via media lender to MSMEs , they borrow at low rate from bankers and lend the same at 100% higher rate for MSME ,My contention of thought is , when government think of giving direct price benefit to farmers , why can't they do lending directly to MSMEs at low-interest rate , I truly appreciate our finance minister's decision for lending thru banks, but he must see to that , they lend it liberally to MSMEs without looking into ratings and other usual qualifying methods for next five years , one would see , how MSMEs respond to government tax revenue. There are seven main reasons for NBFCs getting into NPA bracket 1. weak funding or half funding 2. High rate of interest when funded 3. Torturous collection methods adopted by NBFCs 4. Arm twisting methods used at procurement departments by Large companies 5.Delayed payments from Large companies and government tenders 6.Tax officer harassments ( post GST it's much better ) 7. High cost power and fuel

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