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RBI extends liquidity support to SMEs

Refinance to SIDBI to ease liquidity stress to MSE sector

November 18, 2013 4:25 IST | India Infoline News Service
In order to ease liquidity stress to Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) sector, the Reserve Bank of India today has extended the liquidity support to micro, small and medium enterprises.

“It has been decided to provide refinance Rs. 5,000 crore to the Small Industrial Development Bank of India (SIDBI),” the RBI said in a notification.

The refinance will be available for direct liquidity support to finance receivables, including export receivable, to MSEs by SIDBI or for liquidity support to MSEs through selected intermediaries, that is, banks, Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and State Finance Corporations (SFCs).

The refinance will be available against receivables, including export receivables, outstanding as on November 14, 2013 onwards. The facility will be available at the prevailing 14-day term repo rate for a period of 90 days. During this 90-day period, the amount can be flexibly drawn and repaid. At the end of the 90-day period, the drawal can also be rolled over. The refinance facility will be available for a period of one year up to November 13, 2014. The utilisation of funds will be governed by the policy approved by the Board of SIDBI.


The liquidity support comes in the wake of slowdown in the economy which has resulted in liquidity tightness in a large number of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in the manufacturing and services sector, particularly due to delayed settlement of receivables from large corporate, Public Sector Undertakings and government departments.



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