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MSME stands for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. In a developing country like India, MSME  industries are the backbone of the economy.

The MSME sector contributes to 45% of India’s Total Industrial Employment, 50% of India’s Total Exports and 95% of all industrial units of the country and more than 6000 types of products are manufactured in these industries (As per msme.gov.in). When these industries grow, the economy of the country grows as a whole and flourishes. These industries are also known as small-scale industries or SSI’s.

Even if the Company is in the manufacturing line or the service line, registrations for both these areas can be obtained through the MSME act. This registration is not yet made mandatory by the Government but it is beneficial to get one’s business registered under this because it provides a lot of benefits in terms of taxation, setting up the business, credit facilities, loans etc.

The MSME became operational on October 02, 2006. It was established to promote, facilitate and develop the competitiveness of the micro, small and medium enterprises.

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What are Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise?

The existing MSME classification was based on the criteria of investment in plant and machinery or equipment. So, to enjoy the MSME benefits, the MSMEs have to limit their investment to a lower limit, as mentioned below:

                                Existing MSME Classification

Sector

Criteria

Micro

Small

Medium

Manufacturing

Investment 

< Rs.25 lakh

< Rs.5 crore

< Rs.10 crore

Services

Investment 

< Rs.10 lakh

< Rs.2 crore

< Rs.5 crore

These lower limits are killing the urge to grow as they are unable to scale their businesses further. Also, there has been a long-pending demand for the revision of MSME classification so that they can further expand their operations while continuing to avail the MSME benefits.

Now, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (ABA), the government revised the MSME classification* by inserting composite criteria of both investment and annual turnover. Also, the distinction between the manufacturing and the services sectors under the MSME definition has been removed. This removal will create parity between the sectors. The following is the revised MSME classification*, where the investment and annual turnover, both are to be considered for deciding an MSME.

                            Revised MSME Classification

Criteria

Micro

Small

Medium*

Investment 

       & 

Annual Turnover

< Rs.1 crore

 &  

< Rs.5 crore

< Rs.10 crore

&

< Rs.50 crore

< Rs.50 crore

&

< Rs.250 crore

* Further upward revision made by the government

Registration Process

  1. To do the registration the small and medium scale industry owner has to fill a single form which he can do online as well as offline.
  2. If a person wants to do registration for more than one industry then also he/she can do individual registration.
  3. To do the registration he/she has to fill a single form which is available at the website which is listed below.
  4. The document required for the registration is Personal Aadhar number, Industry name, Address, bank account details and some common information.
  5. In this, the person can provide self-certified certificates.
  6. There are no registration fees required for this process.
  7. Once the detail-filled and upload you would be getting the registration number.

Benefits of MSME Registration

  1. Due to the MSME registration, the bank loans become cheaper as the interest rate is very low around ~ 1 to 1.5%. Much lower than interest on regular loans.
  2. There are various tax rebates offered to MSME.
  3. It also allowed credit for minimum alternate tax (MAT) to be carried forward for up to 15 years instead of 10 years
  4. There are many government tenders which are only open to the MSME Industries.
  5. They get easy access to credit.
  6. Once registered the cost getting a patent done, or the cost of setting up the industry reduces as many rebates and concessions are available.
  7. Business registered under MSME are given higher preference for government license and certification.
  8. There is a One Time Settlement Fee for non-paid amounts of MSME.

Documents Required for MSME Registration

The entity has to submit documents like business address proof, copies of purchase and sale bill, and licenses from regulatory bodies.

  • Business Address Proof
  • Copies of Sale Bill and Purchase Bill
  • Partnership Deed/ MoA and AoA
  • Copy of Licenses and Bills of Machinery Purchased

Business Address Proof:

If the premise is self-owned– Allotment letter, possession letter, lease deed or property tax receipt. If there is a municipal license in the business name or in the name of the proprietor, partner or director of the business, no other possession document is required to be submitted.

If the premise is rented– Rent receipt and a no objection certificate from the landlord is required. Also, any utility bill or document evidencing the landlord’s ownership is to be submitted.

Copies of Sale Bill and Purchase Bill:

Business is required to submit a copy of sale bill related to each end product that it will supply. Also, for each raw material that it will purchase, a purchase bill has to be submitted.

Partnership Deed/ MoA and AoA

If the business is a partnership firm, it has to submit its partnership deed. If the partnership firm is registered, it has to submit registration certificate also.

In case of a company, a copy of Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association, and certificate of incorporation has to be submitted. With it, a copy of the resolution passed in general meeting, and the copy of board resolution authorizing a director to sign the MSME application is also to be submitted.    

Copy of Licenses and Bills of Machinery Purchased

In few cases, the applicant has to submit a copy of industrial license which is to be obtained by giving an application to Govt. of India. Further, all bills and receipts related to purchase and installation of plant and machinery have to be kept safe and required to be submitted on demand.

MSME schemes launched by the Government are:

MSME  

Udyog Aadhaar memorandum:

Aadhaar card is a 12 digit number given to all individuals by the government. In this, the Aadhaar card is a mandatory requirement. The benefit of registering in this scheme is ease in availing credit, loans, and subsidies from the government. Registration can be done both ways in the online mode or the offline mode.

Zero Defect Zero Effect:

In this model, goods that are manufactured for export have to adhere to a certain standard so that they are not rejected or sent back to India. To achieve this the government has launched this scheme. In this, if the goods are exported these are eligible for some rebates and concessions.

Quality Management Standards & Quality technology Tools:

Registering in this scheme will help the micro, small and medium enterprises to understand and implement the quality standards that are required to be maintained along with the new technology. In this scheme, activities are conducted to sensitize the businesses about the new technology available through various seminars, campaigns, activities etc.

Grievance Monitoring System:

Registering under this scheme is beneficial in terms of getting the complaints of the business owners addressed. In this, the business owners can check the status of their complaints, open them if they are not satisfied with the outcome.

Incubation:

This scheme helps innovators with the implementation of their new design, ideas or products. Under this from 75% to 80% of the project cost can be financed by the government. This scheme promotes new ideas, designs, products etc.

Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme:

Under this scheme, new technology is provided to the business owners to replace their old and obsolete technology. A capital subsidy is given to the business to upgrade and have better means to do their business. These small, micro and medium enterprises can directly approach the banks for these subsidies.

Women Entrepreneurship:

This scheme is especially started for women who want to start their own business. The government provides capital, counseling, training and delivery techniques to these women so that they manage their business and expand it.

The government has launched a number of more schemes and support system for these enterprises. To know more about the MSME schemes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is MSME updated to Udyog Aadhar?

A. Yes, MSME registration has been replaced with the Udyog Aadhar registration. If any micro, small and medium industries want to start any business; they need to do the registration with MSME/Udyog Aadhar. This registration with MSME/Udyog Aadhar can be done in two ways online and offline. This facility provides the business with a lot of benefits and subsidies.

Q. Is aadhar card compulsory?

A. Yes. For registration under the Udyog Aadhar scheme, aadhar card is compulsory. In case an applicant is other than the proprietor, the Aadhar card of the partner and the director will be required.

Q. Can existing and new businesses both apply?

A. Yes, an existing and new business can apply for MSME/Udyog Aadhar registration. Provided the existing unit is functioning and meets the threshold limits for registration.

Q. What is the validity of the certificate?

A. There is no expiry of the Udyog Aadhar Certificate. As long as the entity is ethical and financially healthy there will be no expiry of the certificate.

Q. Can trading companies register under MSME?

A. No. MSME covers only manufacturing and service industries. Trading companies are not covered by the scheme. MSME is to support startups with subsidies and benefits, trading companies are just like middlemen, a link between manufacturer and customer. Hence not covered under the scheme.

Q. Do I need multiple registrations for manufacturing plants in different cities?

A. No. The MSME/Udyog Aadhar certificate is for a single entity irrespective of multiple branches or plants. However, information about multiple branches or plants must be furnished.

Q. What are the activities specifically excluded from coverage under MSME?

A. Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has clarified as per notification S.O 2576 (E) dated 18.09.2015 and subsequent notification no S.O 85(E) dated 10.1.2017, activities that would be specifically not included in the manufacturing or production of commodities or rendering of services as per Section 7 of the said Act.
  1. Forest and Logging
  2. Fishing and aquaculture
  3. Wholesale, retail trade and repair of motor vehicle and motorcycles
  4. Wholesale trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles.
  5. Retail Trade Except of Motor Vehicles and motor cycles
  6. Activities of households as employees for domestic personnel
  7. Undifferentiated goods and services producing activities of private households for own
  8. Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies
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