Downloaded from: justpaste.it/8hkrw
MSMEs urge FM Nirmala Sitharaman to review NPA
In its suggestions to the finance ministry, the Federation of Indian Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
has said the greatest need that has emerged is the flexibility in assigning NPAs
Stung by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses have urged Finance Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman to review classification norms for bad loans and rationalize import duty on key raw materials such as
iron and steel.
The Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME) in its suggestions to the finance ministry
has said that “more than the requirement of additional funds, the greatest need that has emerged is the flexibility in
assigning non-performing assets (NPAs)”.
The industry body has said the framework to classify accounts under Special Mention Account (SMA) framework
has been devised for normal times and should be revised for pandemic-hit years. Accounts are classified as SMA-
0 if principal and interest are overdue between 1 to 30 days; SMA-1 and SMA-2 if repayment is overdue between
31 to 60 days, and 61 to 90 days, respectively.
A revision is needed because payment cycles are longer now and markets have been disrupted because of
lockdowns, the industry body said. “Banking cannot be just excel-sheet based; the system ought to provide much-
needed flexibility to the banker so that these facts could be factored in,” FISME said in the letter to Sitharaman on
Small businesses have also sought legislation providing protection from prosecution due to non-compliance during
the pandemic up to March 31, 2022. The ratings of such businesses should also not be aff ected during the period,
it said. “Government needs to convey down its rank and file that no MSME should be shut due to com pliance-
related rigidity," it said.
The umbrella body of small businesses has also suggested that import duty on key raw materials such as iron,
steel, copper, aluminium, and polymers should be rationalized