NEW DELHI, 8 February 2018: FICCI welcomes the Central Government's decision to change the criteria of classification of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises from "Investment in Plant & Machinery and equipment" to "Annual Turnover". The decision will scrap the long-pending MSME Amendment Bill 2015 in Lok Sabha under which it was proposed to increase the upper ceiling of investment in Plant & Machinery and equipment.
FICCI has been long advocating the need to have annual turnover based definition for MSMEs as it will bring them in alignment with universal definition and hence easier to create business linkages with global counterparts. "Turnover based criteria also helps bring alignment in definition across sectors and will create a level playing field," said Mr. Rashesh Shah, President, FICCI.
MSME are run generally by a single proprietor and their key stakeholders include family or relatives. There is a thin line of differentiation between private and business assets of MSMEs and hence they are not able to assess what is to be included or excluded while calculating their investment in assets.
"The change in the norms of classification will certainly improve the ease of doing business for MSMEs and bring in transparency. It will also pave the way for increased direct and indirect employment in the MSME sector of the country," added Mr. Shah.
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