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Govt includes retail, wholesale trade under MSMEs

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The Centre has announced the inclusion of retail and wholesale trade under MSMEs as per which they will also now get the benefit of priority sector lending under RBI guidelines.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said while retail and wholesale trade sector was left out of the ambit of MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), now under the revised guidelines, they would also benefit from priority sector lending under RBI guidelines.

In a tweet, he said the government is committed to strengthening MSMEs and make them engines of economic growth.

The revised guidelines will benefit 2.5 crore retail and wholesale traders. The move would also allow them to register on the Udyam portal.

Welcoming the move, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said, with this decision, traders would be able to avail requisite finances from banks and financial institutions under priority sector lending. Besides, now the traders can avail the benefits of several other government schemes for MSMEs, it said in a statement.