This issue of LexCognito, which in Latin means 'awareness about law', seeks to provide you an insight into significant legal and regulatory developments that have taken place very recently in India.

Date: 3 June 2020
New MSME Definition will cover Larger Pool of Industries in the segment – effective from 1 July
In order to bolster the revival of industries in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) segment from the present crises, the Government of India had announced slew of measures and economic relief package in the form of a Rs 20,000-crore fund to provide equity support to stressed entities in the sector, and equity infusion of Rs 50,000 crore into MSMEs through a fund of funds. As part of the economic stimulus package, the criteria for classification of industries under MSME segment has been revised to cover larger pool of industries in the segment allowing them to reap the announced benefits.

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, vide its notification dated 01 June 2020, has revised the criteria for defining MSMEs with prospective effect from 01 July 2020. Under the new definition, the distinction between manufacturing and service enterprises has been done away with. Further, the investment limit has been increased and an additional criteria of turnover has been introduced.

The Finance Minister had earlier announced the increased limit of a ‘medium’ unit as Rs. 20 crore of investment and Rs. 100 crore of turnover as part of economic stimulus package, which has now been further increased to Rs. 50 crore of investment and Rs. 250 crore of turnover. Hence, enterprises with up to Rs 50 crore investment and upto Rs 250 crore turnover will now be classified as a ‘medium’ enterprise. It has also been decided that export turnover will not be a part of the definition and therefore will not be counted in the limits of turnover for any category of MSME units. The revised criteria for all categories in comparison with the earlier one has been summarized herein below:

Manufacturing Enterprises Investment upto Rs. 25 lakh Manufacturing AND Service Enterprises
Investment upto Rs. 1 cr.
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 5 cr.
Service Enterprises Investment upto Rs. 10 lakh
Manufacturing Enterprises Investment upto Rs. 5 Crore Manufacturing AND Service Enterprises
Investment upto Rs. 10 cr.
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 50 cr.
Service Enterprises Investment upto Rs. 2 Crore
Manufacturing Enterprises Investment upto Rs. 10 Crore Manufacturing AND Service Enterprises
Investment upto Rs. 50 cr.
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 250 cr.
Service Enterprises Investment upto Rs. 5 Crore
Under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, the MSMEs are entitled to receive their dues within 15 days (or mutually agreed date not exceeding 45 days) from the date of acceptance of goods or services by the buyer. In case the buyer fails to make timely payment, the buyer is liable to pay compound interest on that amount from the day of acceptance at three times of the bank rate notified by the Reserve Bank of India. In case of non-payment, a reference can be made to the Micro and Small Enterprise Facilitation Council (MSEFC) and the dispute shall be decided within 90 days from the date of making such reference.
Given the revised framework, it is incumbent upon the corporates to identify their vendors who will also be classified under MSME segment now and device modalities to manage risk and avoid defaults.
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