The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 April 2016 launched Stand Up India Scheme to promote entrepreneurship among Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes and Women entrepreneurs.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister also inaugurated a Kaushal Kendra (Skilling Center) under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna in Noida.
The Scheme is intended to facilitate at least two projects per bank branch, on an average one for each category of entrepreneur. It is expected to benefit at least 2.5 lakh borrowers within 36 months.
Highlights of the Stand Up India Scheme
• It provides for refinance window through Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) with an initial amount of 10000 crore rupees.
• It will create credit guarantee mechanism through the National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company (NCGTC).
• It will provide support for borrowers both at the pre loan stage and during operations.
• Its focus is on handholding support for both SC/ST and Women borrowers.
• The aim is to leverage institutional credit structure to reach out under-served sectors of the population by facilitating bank loans repayable up to 7 years and between 10 lakh rupees- 100 lakh rupees for greenfield enterprises in nonfarm sector set up by such SC, ST and Women borrowers.
• The loan under the scheme would be appropriately secured and backed by a credit guarantee through a credit guarantee scheme for which Department of Financial Services would be the settler.
• The National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Ltd (NCGTC) will be the operating agency for the loan.
• Margin money of the composite loan would be up to 25 percent.
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When: 5 April 2016