‘State of the MSME’ is a survey instituted by the India SME Forum, which is India’s largest Not For Profit organisation for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME). There have been constant discussions in seminars and conferences on identifying the actual size of the MSME sector, its contribution to GDP & employment generation. It has been repeatedly pointed out that most surveys conducted either by the government or other agencies either have a small footprint or only reflect the economics and the opinion of a tiny sample of MSMEs. As a matter of fact the numbers put out by various agencies, including those of the government, at various periods of time are confusing, to say the least. Also most of the time in case of private agencies, the surveys are sponsored, so generally reflect the point being put across by the sponsors …

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The survey was conducted by SDRC International, along with seven state-based ground survey agencies, from among a verified MSME database of the India SME Forum and its members.For purposes of the study, 1,28,744 MSMEs which were formed and registered on or before …

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Jharkhand was the state with the highest response rate of 40.74%, followed by 38.02% from Gujarat, 35.88% from Delhi and 34.11% from Uttarakhand. States with larger than 5% shares among the respondents were led by Gujarat with 12.96%, Maharashtra with 11.95%, Uttar Pradesh with …

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DEMONETISATION : Effects on MSMEs, Job Losses & Job Creation

On one hand, there are MSMEs in India which work primarily on day-to-day cash basis and then there are also MSMEs who in B2C & B2B who don’t even get paid for 120 days. It was difficult to measure the actual effect that demonetisation would have on MSMEs, while everyone floated all sorts of conjectures and …

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One important component of the State of the MSMEs survey is the state ecosystem which is under the purview and responsibility of the state government. Respondents were asked to grade the states on various parameters on a score range of 1 to 10, with one for a non-starter and 10 for a leader …

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The MSME ecosystem has take a step forward when the MSMED Act was passed 2006, but issues remained.  MSMEs had to shell out anywhere between Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 to receive certification. This  government in its push for Ease of Doing Business, abolished the need for certification which used to be provided by the district industry centres or district industry offices and made the certification procedure online on the basis of self certification.  The government also initiated a host of changes like Samadhan, which is enabling  recovery of payments due to MSMEs, Sambandh which promotes procurement by public sector units from MSMEs, Interest subvention for MSME loans, MUDRA Small loans,  Reservation of 3% for women entrepreneurs in public procurement policy and reservation of 4% for SC/ST entrepreneurs … 

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