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GUIDELINES ON PRIME MINISTER’S EMPLOYMENT GENERATION PROGRAMME (PMEGP )

1. The Scheme

 

Government of India has approved the introduction of a new credit linked subsidy programme called Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) by merging the two schemes that were in operation till 31.03.2008 namely Prime Minister’s Rojgar Yojana (PMRY) and Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP) for generation of employment opportunities through establishment of micro enterprises in rural as well as urban areas. PMEGP will be a central sector scheme to be administered by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME). The Scheme will be implemented by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), a statutory organization under the administrative control of the Ministry of MSME as the single nodal agency at the National level. At the State level, the Scheme will be implemented through State KVIC Directorates, State Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs) and District Industries Centres (DICs) and banks. The Government subsidy under the Scheme will be routed by KVIC through the identified Banks for eventual distribution to the beneficiaries / entrepreneurs in their Bank accounts. The Implementing Agencies, namely KVIC, KVIBs and DICs will associate reputed Non Government Organization (NGOs)/reputed autonomous institutions/Self Help Groups (SHGs)/ National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) / Udyami Mitras empanelled under Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY), Panchayati Raj institutions and other relevant bodies in the implementation of the Scheme, especially in the area of identification of beneficiaries, of area specific viable projects, and providing training in entrepreneurship development.

 

2. Objectives

 
  (i)  

To generate employment opportunities in rural as well as urban areas of the country through setting up of new self-employment ventures/projects/micro enterprises.

  (ii)

To bring together widely dispersed traditional artisans/ rural and urban unemployed youth and give them self-employment opportunities to the extent possible, at their place.

  (iii) To provide continuous and sustainable employment to a large segment of traditional and prospective artisans and rural and urban unemployed youth in the country, so as to help arrest migration of rural youth to urban areas.
  (iv)

To increase the wage earning capacity of artisans and contribute to increase in the growth rate of rural and urban employment.

     

3. Quantum and Nature of Financial Assistance

  Levels of funding under PMEGP
 

 

Categories of beneficiaries under PMEGP

Beneficiary's contribution (of project cost)

Rate of Subsidy (of project cost)

Area (location of project/unit)

 

Urban

Rural

General Category 10% 15% 25%
Special (including SC / ST / OBC /Minorities/Women, Exservicemen, Physically handicapped, NER, Hill and Border areas etc.

05%

25% 35%
       

 

Note: 

       (1)    The maximum cost of the project/unit admissible under manufacturing sector is Rs. 25 lakh. 
       (2)    The maximum cost of the project/unit admissible under business/service sector is Rs. 10 lakh. 
       (3)    The balance amount of the total project cost will be provided by Banks as term loan.

     

4. Eligibility Conditions of Beneficiaries

 
 

(i)

Any individual, above 18 years of age

 

(ii)

There will be no income ceiling for assistance for setting up projects under PMEGP

 

(iii)

For setting up of project costing above Rs.10 lakh in the manufacturing sector and above Rs. 5 lakh in the business /service sector, the beneficiaries should possess at least VIII standard pass educational qualification.

 

(iv)

Assistance under the Scheme is available only for new projects sanctioned specifically under the PMEGP.

 

 

(v)

 

Self Help Groups (including those belonging to BPL provided that they have not availed benefits under any other Scheme) are also eligible for assistance under PMEGP.

 

(vi)

Institutions registered under Societies Registration Act,1860;

 

(vii)

Production Co-operative Societies, and

 

(viii)

Charitable Trusts.

 

(ix)

Existing Units (under PMRY, REGP or any other scheme of Government of India or State Government) and the units that have already availed Government Subsidy under any other scheme of Government of India or State Government are not eligible.

     
4.1 Other eligibility conditions
     
  (i)

A certified copy of the caste/community certificate or relevant document issued by the competent authority in the case of other special categories, is required to be produced by the beneficiary to the concerned branch of the Banks along with the Margin Money (subsidy) Claim.

  (ii)

A certified copy of the bye-laws of the institutions is required to be appended to the Margin Money (subsidy) Claim, wherever necessary.

  (iii)

Project cost will include Capital Expenditure and one cycle of Working Capital. Projects without Capital Expenditure are not eligible for financing under the Scheme. Projects costing more than Rs.5 lakh, which do not require working capital, need clearance from the Regional Office or Controller of the Bank’s Branch and the claims are required to be submitted with such certified copy of approval from Regional Office or Controller, as the case may be.

  (iv)

Cost of the land should not be included in the Project cost. Cost of the ready built as well as long lease or rental Workshed/ Workshop can be included in the project cost subject to restricting such cost of ready built as well as long lease or rental workshed/workshop to be included in the project cost calculated for a maximum period of 3 years only.

  (v)

PMEGP is applicable to all new viable micro enterprises, including Village Industries projects except activities indicated in the negative list of Village Industries. Existing/old units are not eligible (Para 29 of the guidelines refers

       

Note:

       
  (1)

The Institutions/Production Co-operative Societies/Trusts specifically registered as such and SC/ ST/ OBC/ Women/ Physically Handicapped / Ex-Servicemen and Minority Institutions with necessary provisions in the bye-laws to that effect are eligible for Margin Money (subsidy) for the special categories. However, for Institutions /Production Cooperative Societies/Trusts not registered as belonging to special categories, will be eligible for Margin Money (Subsidy) for general category.

  (2)

Only one person from one family is eligible for obtaining financial assistance for setting up of projects under PMEGP. The ‘family’ includes self and spouse.

     

5. Implementing Agencies

 

5.1 The Scheme will be implemented by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai, a statutory body created by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956, which will be the single nodal agency at the national level. At the State level, the scheme will be implemented through State Directorates of KVIC, State Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs) and District Industries Centres in rural areas. In urban areas, the Scheme will be implemented by the State District Industries Centres (DICs) only. KVIC will coordinate with State KVIBs/State DICs and monitor performance in rural and urban areas. KVIC and DICs will also involve NSIC, Udyami Mitras empanelled under Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY), Panchayati Raj Institutions and other NGOs of repute in identification of beneficiaries under PMEGP.

     

6. Financial Institutions

     
 

(i)

27 Public Sector Banks.

 

(ii)

All Regional Rural Banks.

 

(iii)

Co-operative Banks approved by State Level Task Force Committee headed by Principal Secretary (Industries)/Commissioner (Industries)

 

(iv)

Private Sector Scheduled Commercial Banks approved by State Level Task Force Committee headed by Principal Secretary (Industries)/Commissioner (Industries).

 

(v)

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).

     

7. Identification of beneficiaries:

     

The identification of beneficiaries will be done at the district level by a Task Force consisting of representatives from KVIC/State KVIB and State DICs and Banks. The Task force would be headed by the District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner / Collector concerned. The Bankers should be involved right from the beginning to ensure that bunching of applications is avoided. However, the applicants, who have already undergone training of at least 2 weeks under Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) / Skill Development Programme (SDP) / Entrepreneurship cum Skill Development Programme (ESDP) or Vocational Training (VT) will be allowed to submit applications directly to Banks. However, the Banks will refer the application to the Task Force for its consideration. Exaggeration in the cost of the project with a view only to availing higher amount of subsidy should not be allowed. KVIC will devise a score card in consultation with SBI and RBI, and forward it to the District Level Task Force and other State/District functionaries. This score board will form the basis for the selection of beneficiaries. This score card will also be displayed on the websites of KVIC and Ministry. The selection process should be through a transparent, objective and fair process and Panchayati Raj Institutions should be involved in the process of selection (Para 11 (i)(b) of the guidelines refers).

     

8. Bank Finance

     

8.1 The Bank will sanction 90% of the project cost in case of General Category of beneficiary/institution and 95% in case of special category of the beneficiary/institution, and disburse full amount suitably for setting up of the project. 

8.2 Bank will finance Capital Expenditure in the form of Term Loan and Working Capital in the form of cash credit. Project can also be financed by the Bank in the form of Composite Loan consisting of Capital Expenditure and Working Capital. The amount of Bank Credit will be ranging between 60-75% of the total project cost after deducting 15-35% of margin money (subsidy) and owner’s contribution of 10% from beneficiaries belonging to general category and 5% from beneficiaries belonging to special categories. This scheme will thus require enhanced allocations and sanction of loans from participating banks. This is expected to be achieved as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has already issued guidelines to the Public Sector Banks to ensure 20 % year to year growth in credit to MSME Sector. SIDBI is also strengthening its credit operations to micro enterprises so as to cover 50 lakh additional beneficiaries over five years beginning 2006-07, and is recognized as a participating financial institution under PMEGP besides other scheduled/ Commercial Banks. 

8.3 Though Banks will claim Margin Money (subsidy) on the basis of projections of Capital Expenditure in the project report and sanction thereof, Margin Money (subsidy) on the actual availment of Capital Expenditure only will be retained and excess, if any, will be refunded to KVIC, immediately after the project is ready for commencement of production. 

8.4 Working Capital component should be utilized in such a way that at one point of stage it touches 100% limit of Cash Credit within three years of lock in period of Margin Money and not less than 75% utilization of the sanctioned limit. If it does not touch aforesaid limit, proportionate amount of the Margin Money (subsidy) is to be recovered by the Bank/Financial Institution and refunded to the KVIC at the end of the third year. 

8.5 Rate of interest and repayment schedule Normal rate of interest shall be charged. Repayment schedule may range between 3 to 7 years after an initial moratorium as may be prescribed by the concerned bank/financial institution. It has been observed that banks have been routinely insisting on credit guarantee coverage irrespective of the merits of the proposal. This approach needs to be discouraged. RBI will issue necessary guidelines to the Banks to accord priority in sanctioning projects under PMEGP. RBI will also issue suitable guidelines as to which RRBs and other banks will be excluded from implementing the Scheme.

     

9. Industry

     

Village Industry Any Village Industry including Coir based projects (except those mentioned in the negative list) located in the rural area which produces any goods or renders any service with or without the use of power and in which the fixed capital investment per head of a full time artisan or worker i.e. Capital Expenditure on workshop/ workshed, machinery and furniture divided by full time employment created by the project does not exceed Rs. 1 lakh in plain areas and Rs.1.50 lakh in hilly areas.

     

10. Rural Area

     
 

(i)

Any area classified as Village as per the revenue record of the State/Union Territory, irrespective of population.

 

(ii)

It will also include any area even if classified as town, provided its population does not exceed 20,000 persons.

     

11. Modalities of the operation of the Scheme

     
  (a)

Project proposals will be invited from potential beneficiaries at district level through press, advertisement, radio and other multi-media by KVIC,KVIBs and DICs at periodical intervals depending on the target allotted to that particular district. The scheme will also be advertised /publicized through the Panchayati Raj Institutions which will also assist in identification of beneficiaries.

     
  (b)

A Task Force, consisting of the following members, will be set up to scrutinize the applications received by it.

     
    Dist Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner/Collector Chairman
    Lead Bank Manager Member
    Representative of KVIC/KVIB Member
    Representative of NYKS/SC/ST Corporation Special Invitee
    Representative of MSME-DI, ITI/Polytechnic Special Invitee
    Representatives from Panchayats 3 members
    (To be nominated by Chairman/District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner/ Collector by rotation)  
    General Manager, DIC or State Director of KVIC Member Convenor
    Representative of RUDSETI/RSETI Member 
       
  (c)

The Task Force will scrutinize the applications and based on the experience, technical qualification, skill, viability of the project etc., the task force will shortlist the applications and call for an interview of the applicants separately for rural and urban areas to assess their knowledge about the proposed project, aptitude, interest, skill and entrepreneurship abilities, market available, sincerity to repay and make the proposed project success. The selected candidates will be provided project formulation guidance and orientation by KVIC, KVIBs and DICs who will also assist and guide them in project formulation and submission to the concerned Bank in the area. The applicants may also approach any of the other agencies listed in para 5.2 of these guidelines for assistance in this regard.

     
 

(d)

KVIC will identify the Nodal Banks at State level in consultation with State Governments and will forward the list to all the implementing agencies.

     

12. Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)

     

12.1 The objective of EDP is to provide orientation and awareness pertaining to various managerial and operational functions like finance, production, marketing, enterprise management, banking formalities, bookkeeping, etc. The duration for EDP under REGP was only 3 days, whereas, under PMRY it was 10 days. During various meetings, discussions and recommendations of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee for Industry (DRPSCI) it was felt that 3 days were not adequate for providing this inputs effectively and, hence two to three weeks period has been provided under PMEGP which will include interaction with successful rural entrepreneur, banks as well as orientation through field visits. The EDP will be conducted through KVIC, KVIB Training Centers as well as Accredited Training Centers run by Central Government, NSIC, the three national level Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (EDIs), i.e., NIESBUD, NIMSME and IIE, and their partner institutions under the administrative control of Ministry of MSME, State Governments, Banks, Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institutes (RUDSETI) reputed NGOs, and other organizations / institutions, identified by the Government from time to time. EDP will be mandatory for all the PMEGP beneficiaries. However, the beneficiaries who have undergone EDP earlier of duration not less than two weeks through KVIC/KVIB or reputed training centers will be exempted from undergoing fresh EDP. The training centres / institutes will be identified by KVIC and extensive publicity will be provided about the training centres / institutes, content of courses available, duration, etc. by circulating the same to all the Implementing Agencies.

 As per Circular No. REGP/PMEGP/CIR.Guide/BFL/2014-15 dated as 19/03/2015 issued by Directorate of PMEGP the duration of EDP training programme is as follows: - 

A. For Manufacturing/Service sector projects up to an inclusive of Rs.5.00 Lakhs project cost, EDP duration will be 6 working days.

B. For Manufacturing/Service sector projects with project costmore than Rs.5.00 Lakhs, EDP duration will be 10 working days.

     

12.2. Budget for EDP Charges to the Training Centers An amount of Rs. 2500/- to Rs.4000/- per trainee for a period of two to three weeks towards course material, honorarium to guest speakers, lodging, boarding expenses, etc. is admissible under the Scheme. KVIC will reimburse the expenditure to the training centres / institutes chosen for the purpose, in accordance with the procedures to be separately devised by it and circulated to KVIBs and DICs.

     
13. Physical verification of PMEGP Units
     

100% physical verification of the actual establishment and working status of each of the units, set up under PMEGP, including those set up through KVIBs and DICs, will be done by KVIC, through the agencies of State Government and/or, if necessary by outsourcing the work to professional institutes having expertise in this area, following the prescribed procedures as per General Financial Rules (GFR) of Government of India. Banks, DICs and KVIBs will coordinate and assist KVIC in ensuring 100 % physical verification. A suitable proforma will be designed by KVIC for such physical verification of units. Quarterly reports, in the prescribed format will be submitted by KVIC to the Ministry of MSME.

     

14. Awareness Camps

     

14.1 KVIC and State DICs will organize awareness camps, in close coordination with each other and KVIBs, throughout the country to popularize PMEGP and to educate potential beneficiaries in rural, semi rural and urban areas about the Scheme. The awareness camps will involve participation from the unemployed men and women with special focus on special category, i.e., SC, ST, OBC, Physically challenged, Ex-servicemen, Minorities, Women, etc. The requisite information/details in this regard will be obtained by KVIC/KVIBs/DICs from State level organizations like SC/ST Corporations, AWWA, NYKS, reputed NGOs and Employment exchanges. There will be two camps permissible for a district, one by KVIC in coordination with concerned KVIB and another by DIC. KVIC and DIC should preferably consider organizing these camps jointly for a specific district. A Committee consisting of Lead Bank, KVIC/KVIB/DIC and Principal, Multi Disciplinary Training Centres (MDTC) of KVIC will shortlist the beneficiaries and send them for training as well as RICS for project formulation and to Bank for project sanction. The amount specified can be spent on publicity, arrangement and other necessary expenses for organizing such camps, which will be communicated by KVIC in their guidelines separately.

     

15. Bankers Review Meetings

     

PMEGP is a bank driven scheme and the final sanction of project and release of loan is done at the level of concerned Bank. It is therefore imperative that KVIC, KVIBs and DICs interact regularly with the higher officials of Bankers at District/ State/National level to ensure that the bottle necks, if any, in implementation, are resolved, outcomes are effectively achieved and targets are met. Bankers Review Meeting at following levels shall be organized as below:

     
  (i)

Lead District Managers MeLead District Managers Meet (LDM): This will be organized by State Office and Divisional Office of KVIC jointly with KVIB and DIC. The focus of the meeting will be to inform and educate the bank officials at LDM level about PMEGP and regularly monitor and review the implementation of the scheme. The meeting will be held on quarterly basis. et (LDM): This will be organized by State Office and Divisional Office of KVIC jointly with KVIB and DIC. The focus of the meeting will be to inform and educate the bank officials at LDM level about PMEGP and regularly monitor and review the implementation of the scheme. The meeting will be held on quarterly basis.

 

(ii)

Zonal review meeting: To review and monitor the PMEGP scheme, zonal review will be conducted quarterly by KVIC in 6 zones where representatives of KVIC, KVIB and DIC will participate in the review. Concerned Bank officers will also be invited.

  (iii)

Top level Bankers Meeting: KVIC will organize the Top Level Bankers meeting half yearly (in June and December) so that proper monitoring can be done at the beginning and towards the end of the financial year. CMDs/Senior Executives of nationalized Banks, representatives from Ministry of MSME, State DICs and KVIBs will participate in the National level Bankers meeting which will be chaired by CEO, KVIC. All the States/UTs will be invited in two groups and KVIC will ensure that around half of the States/UTs’ representatives (of KVIBs and DICs) participate in each of these half yearly review meetings. The meeting will focus on reviewing the targets and will examine the issues related to policy decisions relating to banks for the implementation of PMEGP. 19. Orientation and Training under PMEGP

     

16. Criteria for distribution of targets under PMEGP

     
    The following are the broad suggested criteria for distribution of statewise targets:
     
  (i) Extent of backwardness of State;
  (ii) Extent of unemployment;
  (iii) Extent of fulfillment of targets under PMRY and REGP in 2007-08;
  (iv) Extent of recovery of loans under PMRY and REGP in 2007- 08;
  (v) Population of State/Union Territory; and
  (vi) Availability of traditional skills and raw material.
     

16.1 KVIC will assign targets to State KVIC Directorates/ KVIBs and State Governments. Target at District levels will be decided by State Level Bankers Coordination Committee. SLBCC will ensure that targets are evenly distributed within each district. The State-wise targets in respect of KVIC/KVIBs will be made available by KVIC to SLBCC where overall allocation of district-wise targets will be decided. Any modification of the targets for which KVIC is directly responsible will be permitted only with the concurrence of the Ministry. KVIC will identify the Nodal Bank Branches in consultation with State Governments and place the Margin Money (subsidy) with these branches both for rural and urban areas. For assigning the targets of subsidy and other parameters (number of units, employment opportunities, etc.) to KVIC Directorates / KVIBs, KVIC will adopt the criteria of rural population of the State, backwardness of the State (based on 250 backward districts identified by Planning Commission) and past performance of the State under REGP Scheme for deciding the targets as per weightages given below. Similarly, for assigning the targets to DICs, KVIC will adopt the criteria of backwardness of the State (based on 250 backward districts identified by Planning Commission), urban unemployment level (as reflected in the Planning Commission’s report (2002) on ‘Special Group on targeting ten million employment opportunities per year’ and rural population of the State. From the second year (i.e., 2009-10) onwards, the performance of PMEGP during the previous year(s) will also be given appropriate weightage, for deciding the targets. The approximate weightages to be assigned for determining the targets to the implementing agencies are given below. Weightage for determining targets Criteria

     
   

Criteria

Weightage for determining targets
1. Rural Population of the State

40 %

30 %
2. Backwardness of the State

30 %

40%
3. Urban Unemployment level

-

30%
4. Past performance of REGP

30%

 
   
 
     

17. Negative List of Activities

     
   

The following list of activities will not be permitted under PMEGP for setting up of micro enterprises/ projects /units.

     
  (a)

Any industry/business connected with Meat(slaughtered),i.e. processing, canning and/or serving items made of it as food, production/manufacturing or sale of intoxicant items like Beedi/Pan/ Cigar/Cigarette etc., any Hotel or Dhaba or sales outlet serving liquor, preparation/producing tobacco as raw materials, tapping of toddy for sale.

  (b)

Any industry/business connected with cultivation of crops/ plantation like Tea, Coffee, Rubber etc. sericulture (Cocoon rearing), Horticulture, Floriculture, Animal Husbandry like Pisciculture, Piggery, Poultry, Harvester machines etc.

  (c)

Manufacturing of Polythene carry bags of less than 20 microns thickness and manufacture of carry bags or containers made of recycled plastic for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging of food stuff and any other item which causes environmental problems.

  (d)

Industries such as processing of Pashmina Wool and such other products like hand spinning and hand weaving, taking advantage of Khadi Programme under the purview of Certification Rules and availing sales rebate.

  (e)

Rural Transport (Except Auto Rickshaw in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, House Boat, Shikara & Tourist Boats in J&K and Cycle Rickshaw).