Mar 30:The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today approved a USD 808 million or Rs 6,062.45 crore, World Bank assisted program on “Raising and Accelerating MSME Performance” (RAMP). RAMP is a new scheme and would commence in FY 2022-23.
The total outlay for the scheme is Rs.6,062.45 crore or USD 808 Million, out of which Rs.3750 crore or USD 500 Million would be a loan from the World Bank, and the remaining Rs.2312.45 crore or USD 308 Million would be funded by the Government of India (GoI).
“Raising and Accelerating MSME Performance” (RAMP) is a World Bank assisted Central Sector Scheme, supporting various Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID) Resilience and Recovery Interventions of the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME).
The program aims at improving access to market and credit, strengthening institutions and governance at the Centre and State, improving Centre-State linkages and partnerships, addressing issues of delayed payments, and greening of MSMEs.
In addition to building the MoMSME’s capacity at the national level, the RAMP program will seek to scale up implementation capacity and MSME coverage in States.
Major Impact including employment generation potential and no. of beneficiaries:
RAMP program will address the generic and COVID-related challenges in the MSME sector by way of impact enhancement of existing MSME schemes, especially, on the competitiveness front. Further, the program will bolster the inadequately addressed blocks of capacity building, handholding, skill development, quality enrichment, technological up-gradation, digitization, outreach, and marketing promotion, amongst other things.
RAMP program, through enhanced collaboration with States, will be a job-enabler, market promoter, finance facilitator, and will support vulnerable sections and greening initiatives.
In States where the presence of MSMEs is on the lower side, the program will usher in larger formalization resulting from the higher impact of the schemes covered under RAMP. The SIPs developed by these States would act as a roadmap for the development of an improved MSME sector.
RAMP will complement the Atma Nirbhar Bharat mission by fostering innovation and enhancement in industry standards, practices and providing the necessary technical inputs to the MSMEs to make them competitive and self-reliant, enhancing exports, substituting imports, and promoting domestic manufacturing.
RAMP would thus be a:
- ‘’Policy Provider’’ through the enhanced capacity for evidence-based policy and program design, to enable the delivery of more effective and cost-efficient MSME interventions to improve competitiveness and business sustainability.
- “Knowledge Provider” through bench-marking, sharing, and demonstrating best practices/success stories by leveraging international experiences, and
- “Technology Provider” provides access to high-end technology resulting in the digital and technological transformation of MSMEs through state of art Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Internet of things (IoT), Machine Learning, etc.
RAMP program with impacts across the country will directly or indirectly benefit all 63 million enterprises that qualify as MSMEs
However, a total of 5,55,000 MSMEs are specifically targetted for enhanced performance and, in addition, expansion of the target market to include service sectors and an increase of about 70,500 women MSMEs is envisaged.
Implementation Strategy and Targets:
The program has identified two results areas after the preliminary missions and studies viz: (1) Strengthening Institutions and Governance of the MSME Program, and (2) Support to Market Access, Firm Capabilities, and Access to Finance.
Funds would flow through RAMP into the Ministry’s budget against Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) to support ongoing MoMSME programs, focusing on improving market access and competitiveness.
The disbursement of funds from the World Bank towards RAMP would be made on fulfilling the following Disbursement Linked Indicators:
- Implementing the National MSME Reform Agenda
- Accelerating MSME Sector Centre-State collaboration
- Enhancing the effectiveness of the Technology Upgradation Scheme (CLCS-TUS)
- Strengthening Receivable Financing Market for MSMEs
- Enhancing Effectiveness of Credit Guarantee Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) and “Greening and Gender” delivery
- Reducing the incidence of delayed payments
An important component of RAMP is the preparation of Strategic Investment Plans (SIPs), in which all states/UTs, will be invited.
The SIPs would include an outreach plan for identification and mobilization of MSMEs under RAMP, identify key constraints and gaps, set milestones, and project the required budgets for interventions in priority sectors including renewable energy, rural & non-farm business, wholesale and retail trade, village and cottage industries, women enterprises, etc.
The overall monitoring and policy overview of RAMP would be done by an apex National MSME Council, headed by Minister for MSME, including representation from various Ministries and supported by a secretariat. A RAMP program committee headed by the Secretary of MoMSME to monitor the specific deliverables under RAMP. Further, for day-to-day implementation there would be program management units at the National level and in States, comprising professionals and experts competitively selected from the industry to support MoMSME and States, to implement, monitor, and evaluate the RAMP program.
All States/UTs will be invited to prepare SIPs and the proposals placed under SIPs will be funded based on their appraisals.
The funding would be based on objective selection criteria and the SIPs would be appraised and approved through a rigorous process set up in MoMSME.
RAMP was formulated and proposed by the Government of India, for strengthening MSMEs in line with the recommendations made by U K Sinha Committee, KV Kamath Committee, and Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (PMEAC).
The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the 97th Screening Committee meeting approved the preliminary proposal on RAMP. This was followed by Missions, extensive consultations with states and other stakeholders, technical and fiduciary assessments conducted by the World Bank. Thereafter, an Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) Note was prepared and circulated to concerned line Ministries/Departments for obtaining their comments. The EFC discussed the Note in its meeting held on 18th March 2021 and recommended the proposal for consideration by the Cabinet.
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