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Expert Committee Report on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) June 2019: Registrations to avail schemes

Expert Committee Report on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) June 2019: Registrations to avail schemes

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Prashant Shetty

Prashant Shetty

3 Sep 2019, 10:04 — 5 min read

In the previous article we talked about the definition of SME and benefits of registering yourself as a MSME.


MSMEs, as on date, need multiple registrations to avail different schemes.  In this article, we will cover some of these registrations.


1. Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum (UAM)

An Aadhaar based electronic platform and requires few basic entries including PAN details. As on August 22, 2019, 73.46 lakh MSMEs have registered through this system. 

Udyog Aadhaar is a unique 12-digit identification number provided by the Ministry of MSME. Udyog Aadhaar is recommended for Sole Proprietors as it gives them a unique identification with Government of India that validates their registration as a business.

Also read: Online Udyog Aadhaar registration process


The benefits of having a Udyog Aadhaar is the same as you would get as an MSME gets mentioned in the previous article like: 

  1. Excise exemption
  2. Exemption under the direct tax laws
  3. Reduction in fee for filing patents and trademarks
  4. Credit guarantee scheme
  5. Eligible for availing government scheme benefits which will include loans without guarantee, low-interest rates on loan, and easy loan.
  6. Financial backing from the government for participating in foreign business expos.
  7. Enjoy other forms of subsidies that will help in increasing company’s revenue.
  8. Concession in electricity bills
  9. Exemption when enterprise applies for government tenders.




2. NSIC (National Small Industries Corporation) registration

To participate in public procurement, all MSME units are to be registered with NSIC. For all practical purpose, this registration is not accepted by most of the organizations.


MSMEs have to register separately with each organisation. For example -- 

MSMEs have to register with DQA for defence related procurement;

ONGC, Engineers India for Oil and Gas,

RDSO for Railways

This registration process is cumbersome, time consuming, leading to duplication of efforts and without this separate registration, MSMEs cannot participate in any tendering, primarily because NSIC registration is neither trusted nor accepted by these organizations.


3. Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN)

Under GST, MSMEs are not defined as per the definition of MSMED Act, 2006 as it is not possible to ascertain the investment in plant and machinery/equipment in GST return. Hence, there is no mapping of MSME definition in the GSTN data. MSME units having turnover above ₹40 lakh are mandated to register under GSTN but most MSMEs fall below that threshold. Also, unit operating in multiple States can have multiple GSTN.


Also read: 11 new features of GSTN that you need to know in 2019


Registration recommendations

The Committee, felt, taking a long-term view to build an enabling environment for businesses in the country to grow based on their unique merits, that it is imperative to develop a ‘Unique Enterprise Identifier’ to identify all the entities across the country. UEI will enable tax compliance, delivery of service under various MSME schemes and provide seamless integration with financial institutions.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on August 23, 2019 declared amendment of the MSME Act, so as to ensure single definition for micro, small, medium enterprises under MSME Act. Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari also said that an amendment in the definition of this sector is under serious consideration.


Also read: CAIT Secretary General explains impact of recent economic reforms on MSMEs and traders


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