New definition of MSME as announced by Finance Minister on 13th May 2020

On 13th May 2020, the Honourable Finance Minister announced a set of relief measures as a part of "Atman Nirbhar Bharat" a Stimulus package - in lieu of the Covid 19 situation, wherein the FM announced the much awaited change in the definition of MSME. 

MSME definition why the change

As Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the announcement about the change, she also addressed the reasons behind it. She said the new definition will bring about many benefits that will aid MSMEs to grow in size.

This was made under Atma-nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan Economic Package to assuage Indias economic predicament amidst the pandemic.

What is MSME? An Introduction

MSME stands for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises. In accordance with the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act in 2006, the enterprises are classified into two divisions.

  1. Manufacturing enterprises engaged in manufacturing or production of goods in any industry
  2. Service enterprises engaged in providing or rendering services

The new MSME definition turnover to define MSMEs

"Investments will no longer characterize MSMEs."

In October 2019, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that the revised definition of micro, small, and medium enterprises may grant a unified description for all things related to taxation, investment, and more.

The changed definition was to be implemented via an amendment that would further refine the business scenario for Indian enterprises. The Union Cabinet had approved the amendment to change the criteria to classify MSMEs from "investment in plant and machinery" to "annual turnover"

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