ECLGS to include new borrowers

The Finance Ministry expanded the scope of the Rs 5 lakh-crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) to support MSMEs engaged in travel, tourism and hospitality sectors to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic impact.

The coverage, scope and extent of benefits under ECLGS 3.0 pertaining to hospitality, travel, tourism and civil aviation sectors have been expanded, the ministry said in a statement.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while announcing the Budget 2022-23 had extended the validity of the scheme by another one year till March 2023, and also increased the total amount to be sanctioned under the scheme from Rs 4.5 lakh crore to Rs 5 lakh crore.

As per the latest modification, new borrowers, in the sectors covered under ECLGS 3.0, who have borrowed between March 31, 2021, and January 31, 2022, will now be eligible to avail the emergency credit facilities.

Also, the credit limit for eligible borrowers has been increased to 50 per cent of their fund-based credit outstanding from 40 per cent earlier.

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