Q. What is the news?
The latest MSME Credit Health Index indicates that MSME credit growth has accelerated in the quarter ending September 2020 as compared to the quarter ending in June 2020.
The Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECGLS) has helped in the credit growth for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.
Q. What is MSME Credit Health Index?
The TransUnion CIBIL in partnership with the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has launched MSME Credit Health Index. The Index is published quarterly.
Q. What is its aim?
To provide a measure of the growth and strength of the MSME sector in India.
The Index will provide government, policy makers, lenders and MSME market participants, a numeric indicator for benchmarking the health of the MSME sector.
Q. What does the index measures?
The Index measures the credit health of India’s MSME industry on two parameters i.e, growth and strength. Both the growth and strength indices follow the principle of higher the better.
Growth is measured by plotting increase in exposure value (outstanding balances) over time.
An increasing Growth Index indicates improvement in credit growth.
Strength is measured by decrease/increase in credit risk in terms of non-performing assets (NPA).
An increasing Strength Index implies better asset quality and therefore denotes an improvement in the structural strength of the sector.
Q. What are the latest data?
The overall growth index inched up to 114 points, which is a three-point increase from 111 in June, 2020.
The overall Strength Index also improved to 89 from 83 over the same period.
Q. What is Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme?
The scheme was launched as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package announced in May 2020 to mitigate the distress caused by coronavirus-induced lockdown, by providing credit to different sectors, especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
It provides for the Guaranteed Emergency Credit Line (GECL) facility.
Q. What is National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Ltd?
NCGTC is a private limited company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 in 2014, established by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, as a wholly owned company of the Government of India, to act as a common trustee company for multiple credit guarantee funds.