PMEGP- Scheme Details & Model Application Form

Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme
The Government of India, have merged Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP) with Prime Minister Rozgar Yojana (PMRY) and introduced a new scheme called Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) w.e.f. 01-04-2008.  The scheme announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 15th August, 2008 in his address from Red Fort.

Objective of the scheme :
  • To generate continuous and sustainable employment opportunities in Rural and Urban areas of the country.
  • To provide continuous and sustainable employment to a large segment of traditional and prospective artisans, rural and urban unemployed youth in the country through setting up of micro enterprises.
  • To facilitate participation of financial institutions for higher credit flow to micro sector.

Eligibility for the scheme :
  • Any individual, above 18 years of age
  • There will be no income ceiling for assistance for setting up projects under PMEGP.
  • 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.
  • Assistance under the Scheme is available only for new projects sanctioned specifically under the PMEGP.
  • 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.
  • Institutions registered under Societies Registration Act,1860;
  • Production Co-operative Societies, and Charitable Trusts.
  • 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.
Implementing Agencies :

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.

Other Agencies :
The details of other agencies to be associated by nodal agencies in the implementation of PMEGP are as under:
i) Field Offices of KVIC and its State offices
ii) State KVI Boards
iii) District Industries Centre (DIC) of all State Governments/Union Territories Administrations reporting to respective Commissioners /Secretaries (Industries).
iv) Banks/Financial Institutions.
v) KVI Federation
vi) Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), The Army Wives Welfare Association of India (AWWA) and Panchayati Raj Institutions
vii) NGOs having at least five years experience and expertise in Project Consultancy in Small Agro & Rural Industrial Promotion and Technical Consultancy Services, Rural Development, Social Welfare having requisite infrastructure and manpower and capable of reaching Village and Taluk level in the State or Districts. NGOs should have been funded by State or National Level Government Agency for any of its programmes in the preceding 3 years period.
viii) Professional Institutions/Technical Colleges recognized by Government/University and University Grants Commission (UGC)/ All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) having department for vocational guidance or technical courses providing skill based training like ITI, Rural Polytechnic, Food Processing Training Institute, etc.
ix) Certified KVI institutions aided by KVIC / KVIB provided these are in category A+, A or B and are having required infrastructure, manpower and expertise for the role.
x) Departmental and Non-Departmental Training Centres of KVIC / KVIBs.
xi) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institutes (MSMEDIs), MSME Tool Rooms and Technical Development Centres, under the administrative control of Office of Development Commissioner, MSME.
xii) National Small Industries Corporation‟s (NSIC) offices, Technical Centres, Training Centres, Incubators and Training cum Incubation Centres (TICs) set up in PPP Mode.
xiii) National level Entrepreneurship Development Institutes like National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME) and Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati under the administrative control of Ministry of MSME, their branches and the Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) set up by their Partner Institutions (PIs).
xiv) Udyami Mitras empanelled under Rajiv Gandhi Udhyami Mitra Yojana of Ministry of MSME.
xv) PMEGP Federation, whenever formed.
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).
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).

Bank Finance
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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.  

Registration :
Registration with the KVIC/KVIBs/State DICs under the Scheme is voluntary. No registration fee will be charged from the beneficiaries and the funds available under Forward and Backward linkage will be utilized to meet expenses on documentation cost, etc. Beneficiary will submit quarterly report about production, sales, employment, wages paid etc. to the State/Regional Director of the KVIC/KVIB/State DIC, and KVIC will in turn analyze and submit a consolidated report to the Ministry of MSME, every six months.

Role of Private Sector (Scheduled, Commercial / Co-operative) Banks in the implementation of PMEGP
The Scheme will also be implemented through the Private Sector Scheduled Commercial Banks/Co-operative Banks on selective basis, after verification of intending Banks‟ last 3 years‟ Balance Sheet and ascertaining quantum of lending portfolio. Margin Money (subsidy) portion will be paid on actual reimbursement basis to the Banks by KVIC.

Role of Ministry of MSME
Ministry of MSME will be the controlling and monitoring agency for implementation of the scheme. It will allocate target, sanction and release required funds to KVIC. Quarterly review meeting will be held in the Ministry on the performance of PMEGP. CEO, KVIC, Principal Secretaries / Commissioners (Industries) responsible for implementation of the Scheme in States through DICs, Representatives of State KVIBs and Senior officials of Banks will attend the meeting.
Role of KVIC
KVIC will be the single Nodal Implementing Agency of the Scheme at the National level. CEO, KVIC will review the performance with State KVIBs, DICs and Banks every month and submit a monthly performance report to the Ministry. The report will include the component wise details of beneficiaries indicating the amount of the Margin Money (subsidy) allotted, employment generated and the projects set up. KVIC will ensure that the margin money (subsidy) is utilized as per the sub component plans approved for SC, ST, Women, etc. The targets and achievement will also be monitored at the Zonal, State and District levels by the Dy.CEOs, Directors of KVIC and the Commissioner /Secretary of Industries (DIC), of the States concerned. The existing REGP units will continue to be monitored by the KVIC as hitherto fore, and separate monthly report submitted directly to Ministry of MSME.
Role of State Governments / Union Territories
The Scheme will be reviewed half yearly by Chief Secretary of the State. Representatives KVIC, Ministry of MSME, State Director (KVIC) CEO, KVIB, Secretary / Commissioner (Industries) of the State, Senior Officials of the Banks and other officials concerned will attend the meeting. State Governments {Commissioners / Secretaries (Industries)} will forward their monthly reports to KVIC, specifying the component wise details of beneficiaries indicating the amount of the Margin Money (subsidy) allotted, employment generated and the projects set up, which will be analyzed, compiled and consolidated by KVIC and a comprehensive report forwarded to Ministry every month. The existing PMRY units will continue to be monitored by the State DICs, as hitherto fore, and report submitted directly to Ministry of MSME.

Evaluation of the Scheme
A comprehensive, independent and rigorous evaluation of the scheme will be got done after two years of its implementation. Based on the findings of the evaluation study the scheme would be reviewed.

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).

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