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MSME Minister Narayan Rane calls for concerted efforts to enhance sector's growth

MSME Minister Narayan Rane categorically said that he would like to see a quantum jump in the performance of this sector.

Union Minister for MSMEs Narayan Tatu Rane has exhorted the officers of the MSME Ministry to brace up for enhancing the output of the MSME sector.

Speaking at the signing of the Contribution Agreement by the officials of the NSIC, NVCFL and SVL in New Delhi, Rane categorically said that he would like to see a quantum jump in the performance of this sector, for which all segments of the ministry will have to work in tandem.

He called for increased spending by the ministry for the betterment of society at large. Rane pointed towards the possibility of a quantum jump


in India’s exports through the MSME sector, which can lead to achieving higher GDP.

Rane was accompanied by MoS MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma; Secretary, Ministry of MSME B.B. Swain; CMD, NSIC, and Chairperson NVCFL, Alka Arora; and MD and CEO of SVL K. Suresh.

In line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Finance Minister had announced the creation of a Fund of Funds for MSMEs under the Atmanirbhar Bharat package to address severe shortages being faced by MSMEs in securing growth capital. Consequently, NSIC Venture Capital Fund Limited (NVCFL), a 100 percent subsidiary of National Small Industries Corporation Limited — NSIC.

Self-Reliant India Fund (SRI Fund) was anchored by NVCFL with the target corpus of Rs 10,006 crore and the object of supporting Daughter Funds for onward provision to MSMEs as growth capital, through equity, quasi-equity and debt, as permitted under the AIF Regulations.

The Fund would, inter alia, be invested into by the Ministry of MSME as the Anchor Investor and NSIC as the Sponsor.

SBICAP Ventures Limited (SVL) has been appointed as the Investment Manager and Khaitan & Company has been appointed as the Legal Advisor to NVCFL. The Private Placement Memorandum filed by NVCFL with the Securities and Exchange Board of India to register SRI Fund as a Category II Alternative Investment Fund was registered by SEBI on September 1, 2021.

SRI Fund shall address the equity funding challenges of the MSME sector and give them a thrust to break their barriers, encourage corporatisation and allow them to grow to their full inherent potential to become global champions. With government intervention, the fund would be able to channelise a diverse variety of funds into underserved MSMEs and address the growth needs of viable and high growth MSMEs.