RBI offers Rs.5,000 crore liquidity support to small firms

    By IANS,

    Mumbai : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Monday said it will provide Rs.5,000 crore liquidity support to micro and small enterprises to help them tide over difficulties they might be facing arising out of the economic growth slowdown.

    The central bank will provide the support through the Small Industrial Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in the form of refinancing of loans.

    “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 RBI said in a statement.

    “The refinance will be available against receivables, including export receivables, outstanding as on Nov 14, 2013 onwards,” it said.

    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 RBI said.

    The refinance facility will be available for a period of one year up to Nov 13, 2014. The utilisation of funds will be governed by the policy approved by the Board of SIDBI, the RBI said.

    The central bank said it has decided to provide financial support to micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in view of the economic growth slowdown.

    “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,” it said.