Banks not understanding SME problems: Nirmala

Banks not understanding SME problems: Nirmala

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that banks are not fully understanding the problems faced by small and medium enterprises, whose performance has been hit by the high interest rate regime.

Twitterati drew the Minister’s attention to the issue saying it is for the industries to manage their funds and banks can only lend.

Sitharaman replied, “But, the argument here is 1. Banks haven’t been understanding enough of #SMEs. 2. High interest rates for long period”.

The minister had last week pitched for a 2% cut in interest rate by the Reserve Bank to help the cash-starved MSME sector. “I still hold that the cost of credit in India is high.

Undoubtedly, particularly MSMEs, which create a lot of jobs, contribute to exports... are all hard pressed for money and for them, approaching a bank is no solution because of the prevailing rate of interest. I have no hesitation to say, yes 200 basis points, I would strongly recommend,” she had said.

RBI, which has maintained key interest rate at 6.5% since April this year, citing inflationary concerns, is scheduled to hold its next policy review on October 4.

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