Factoring the hardships faced by the MSMEs during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Andhra Pradesh government has come up with a ?1,110-crore ‘ReSTART’ policy boost.
This is to provide some relief at a time when the economy has come to a standstill, severely affecting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands dependent on MSME sector.
In Andhra Pradesh alone, around one lakh MSMEs provide employment to more than 10 lakh people.
The ReSTART package includes the payment of all sanctioned but outstanding incentives to MSME units, waiver of three months fixed demand charges, deferment of power minimum demand charges for three months for large and mega units, and working capital loans along with preferential market access.
The ReSTART Policy will include the release of ?905 crore of pending incentives to MSME units in two months, waive fixed demand chargestowards power for a period of three months from April 20 to June 20 for MSMEs (?188 crore) and provide ?200-crore working capital loans by creating a fund to meet their liquidity crisis