New Delhi, December 12: With an aim to help the MSME sector which was impacted by disruptions caused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Finance Ministry on Friday said banks have sanctioned loans worth Rs 2,05,563 crore to about 81 lakh accounts under the Rs 3-lakh crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector. In a series of tweets, the Finance Ministry said that as many as 40 lakh MSME accounts have received Rs 1,58,626 crore till December 4. Another tweet informed that Rs 3 lakh cr Collateral-Free Guaranteed Loans – Budgetary provision of Rs 4,000 crore made for the Scheme in First Supplementary Demand for Grants for FY 2020-21.

While announcing the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package 3.0, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that Rs 2.05 lakh crore sanctioned and Rs 1.52 lakh crore disbursed under ECLGS 1.0. "As part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan 3.0 (announced on November 12), ECLGS Scheme has been extended through ECLGS 2.0 for the 26 stress sectors and health care sector with credit outstanding of above Rs 50 crore and up to Rs 500 crore as on February 29, 2020," a tweet said. Credit Guarantee Scheme: Banks Sanction Rs 1.86 Lakh Cr to 50 Lakh MSMEs Impacted by Slowdown Amid COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Finance Ministry said that under ECLGS 2.0, entities with outstanding credit above Rs 50 crore and not exceeding Rs 500 crore as on February 29, 2020, which were less than or equal to 30 days past due as on February 29, 2020 are eligible. The loans provided under ECLGS 2.0 will have a five-year tenor, with a 12-month moratorium on repayment of principal. Meanwhile, the entire Scheme (ECLGS 1.0 and ECLGS 2.0) valid till March 31, 2021, it said.

As part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package, the government has announced to cover 2.5 crore farmers under the KCC scheme with a credit boost of Rs 2 lakh crore through a special saturation drive.