Rs 30,160C loans sanctioned under Stand-Up India Scheme

Apr 05:As we celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Stand Up India Scheme, let us take a look at how this scheme has fulfilled the aspirations of entrepreneurs, particularly women and Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), and also sift through the achievements, salient features and enhancement to the scheme over the years.

Recognizing the challenges faced by Aspiring SC, ST, and women entrepreneurs, the Stand-up India Scheme was launched on 5th April 2016 to promote entrepreneurship at the grass-root level focusing on economic empowerment and job creation. In 2019-20, the Stand Up India scheme was extended for the entire period coinciding with the 15th Finance Commission period of 2020-25.

On the occasion, Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman said, “As we commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Stand-Up India Scheme, it is heartening to see that more than 1.33 lakh new job-creators and entrepreneurs have so far been facilitated under this Scheme.”

Smt. Sitharaman further said, “More than 1 lakh women promoters have benefitted from this Scheme during its six years of operation. The Government understands the potential these rising entrepreneurs have in driving economic growth through their roles as not just wealth-creators but also job-creators.”

“As more and more beneficiaries from the underserved segments of entrepreneurs are targeted for coverage, we would make significant strides towards building an Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the Finance Minister added.

As India is growing rapidly, hopes, aspirations, and expectations of a large group of potential entrepreneurs, particularly women and Scheduled Castes (SCs), and Scheduled Tribes (STs) are rising. They want to set up an enterprise of their own to allow themselves to thrive and grow. Such entrepreneurs are spread across the country and are bubbling with ideas on what they can do for themselves and their families. The scheme envisages facilitating the dreams of aspiring SC, ST, and women entrepreneurs to reality by supporting their energy and enthusiasm and removing many hurdles from their path.

As we celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Stand Up India Scheme, let us take a look at the features and achievements of this Scheme.

The objective of Stand-Up India is to promote entrepreneurship amongst women, Scheduled Castes (SC) & Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories, to help them in starting a greenfield enterprise in manufacturing, services, or the trading sector and activities allied to agriculture.

The purpose of Stand-Up India is to:

  • promote entrepreneurship amongst women, SC & ST category; 
  • provide loans for greenfield enterprises in manufacturing, services, or the trading sector and activities allied to agriculture;
  • facilitate bank loans between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.1 crore to at least one Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks.

Why Stand-Up India?

The Stand-Up India scheme is based on recognition of the challenges faced by SC, ST, and women entrepreneurs in setting up enterprises, obtaining loans and other support needed from time to time for succeeding in business. The scheme, therefore, endeavors to create an eco-system that facilitates and continues to provide a supportive environment for doing business. The scheme seeks to give access to loans from bank branches to borrowers to help them set up their own enterprises. The scheme, which covers all branches of Scheduled Commercial Banks, will be accessed in three potential ways:

  • Directly at the branch or,
  • Through Stand-Up India Portal ( or,
  • Through the Lead District Manager (LDM).

Who all are eligible for a loan?

  • SC/ST and/or women entrepreneurs, above 18 years of age;
  • Loans under the scheme are available for only greenfield projects. Greenfield signifies; in this context, the first time venture of the beneficiary in manufacturing, services, or the trading sector and activities allied to agriculture;
  • In the case of non-individual enterprises, 51% of the shareholding and controlling stake should be held by either SC/ST and/or Women Entrepreneur;
  • Borrowers should not be in default to any bank/financial institution;
  • The Scheme envisages ‘up to 15%’ margin money which can be provided in convergence with eligible Central/State schemes. While such schemes can be drawn upon for availing admissible subsidies or for meeting margin money requirements, in all cases, the borrower shall be required to bring in a minimum of 10 % of the project cost as their own contribution.

Handholding Support:

Apart from linking prospective borrowers to banks for loans, the online portal developed by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for Stand Up India Scheme is also providing guidance to prospective entrepreneurs in their endeavor to set up business enterprises, starting from training to filling up loan applications, as per bank requirements. Through a network of more than 8,000 Hand Holding Agencies, this portal facilitates step-by-step guidance for connecting prospective borrowers to various agencies with specific expertise viz. Skilling Centres, Mentorship support, Entrepreneurship Development Program Centres, District Industries Centre, together with addresses and contact numbers.

Changes to Stand Up India Scheme

Pursuant to an announcement by the Union Finance Minister in the Budget speech FY 2021-22, the following changes have been made to the Stand Up India Scheme:-

  • The extent of margin money to be brought by the borrower has been reduced from ‘up to 25%’ to ‘up to 15%’ of the project cost.  However, the borrower will continue to contribute at least 10% of the project cost as their own contribution;
  • Loans for enterprises in ‘Activities allied to agriculture’ e.g. pisciculture, beekeeping, poultry, livestock, rearing, grading, sorting, aggregation agro industries, diary, fishery, agriclinic and agribusiness centers, food & agro-processing, etc. (excluding crop loans, land improvement such as canals, irrigation, wells) and services supporting these, shall be eligible for coverage under the Scheme.

To extend collateral-free coverage, the Government of India has set up the Credit Guarantee Fund for Stand Up India (CGFSI). Apart from providing credit facilities, the Stand Up India Scheme also envisages extending handholding support to potential borrowers. It also provides for convergence with Central/State Government schemes. Applications under the scheme can also be made online at the ( portal.


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