The question of a woman’s place in modern-day India is a complicated one. There is visible dissonance in the upper as well as the lower echelons of society about reimagining their traditional roles. However, as people of the 21st century who are aware of Rosa Parks, Hellen Keller or Annie Besant, there should be no…
The union government which is under tremendous pressure from the recent failures of “demonetisation” and GST, has slashed the prescribed rates on certain consumer items and services. The move which comes in the wake of Gujarat elections is supposed to rejuvenate the failing industries and encourage consumer confidence. The 23rd GST Council meeting, held in…
The Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) was set up in the late 1940s as a vocational training center. The primary function then was to provide a means of employment for people who were displaced because of the partition. Later, the Micro Small and Medium Development (MSMED) Act came into being in 2006…
The manufacturing sector contributes 17% to the country’s overall GDP of which 45% of the manufacturing sector’s output is contributed by the SME sector alone. The SME sector forms an integral part of the Indian manufacturing sector and enjoyed a sheltered existence with a high tariff on imports, fiscal incentives and a monopoly on the manufacture of certain goods. However, the reform era beginning 1991 opened India to trade agreements with other countries that proved advantageous to organizations that held a monopoly in their respective trades. To help with this and augment the global competitiveness of the Indian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), the Government of India in partnership with the MSME ministry launched a set of schemes under the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP). These schemes which began to be implemented in 2006 aim to give these enterprises a competitive edge to survive in a liberalised economy.
India has one of the most rapidly expanding service sectors in the world with the least portion of services employment, contributing to around 66% of the Indian GDP. According to data analysis, India has had a 9.2% growth in the service sector in the year 2015-16 but in the year 2014, it had the smallest share of services employment in the world. Following this, the Government made several amendments to develop India’s commercial services exports share in the global services market and this has facilitated multi-fold growth in the GDP. If you look at the manufacturing industry too, about 34% of the manufacturing jobs are service oriented functions. The dollar’s value of final demand for manufacturers comes up to $1.48 in other services and production, thereby boosting the importance of services in the economy and in employment generation.
India’s distinctive competencies and competitive advantage formed by the knowledge-based services makes it a truly unique emerging market. Backed by several government initiatives, the services sector in India has the potential to unlock a multi-trillion dollar opportunity which can create a symbiotic growth for all nations. Here’s a look at how the Indian service industry performed in Q1, 2017.
Amidst the entire economic crisis across the globe, India is demonstrating hope with determined growth targets, supported by a slew of important projects like “Make in India”, “Digital India”, etc. The biggest tax reform since Independence, the Goods and Service Tax (GST), is all set to transform the Indian tax system.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is expected to act as the much-needed catalyst for economic growth in India and is expected to alter the indirect taxes levied on goods and services within the economy and also eliminate the cascading effect of the tax system. GST has created high anticipation not only in India but also among all the neighboring and developed economies of the world. India will be playing a vital role in the global economy in the coming years because of GST implementation. Among all the rumours about the negative impact of this bill on the SME sector, would the pros outweigh all the cons?
With India shifting towards a cashless economy, digital payments are the need of the hour. The government has introduced several schemes and projects to further provide an impetus to the fast-growing digital payment sector of the country. To think that RTGS, NEFT, NECS, Mobile Payments, ATMs were introduced only in the 2000’s, India certainly has come a long way since then in mobile and digital payments! Recently, KredX had an opportunity to chat with the mastermind responsible for the introduction of these payment services in India, Dr. R. B. Barman, who is also an advisor to KredX.
India’s startup ecosystem has seen an exponential rise since the startup culture first took over the country. The country is reported to have been teeming with close to 19,000 technology-enabled startups in the year 2016. Clearly, this number is expected to multiply by manyfold in the coming years. However, most of them fail and shut shop due to operational and financial difficulties. To help address this problem, the Government of India under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi launched the Startup India program on 16 January 2016. The program was launched with a view to promote the growth of startups in India, encourage entrepreneurship and create more jobs, thereby, contributing to the development of the Indian economy.
The improving SME landscape in India is a testament to the efforts of the government through the years. In the past, applying for funding or availing loans for SME’s was no easy task. To help with this issue, the Government of India and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) set up the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Small and Micro Enterprises (CGTMSE) in August, 2000 under the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS). The CGTMSE was introduced with an intention to allay all issues surrounding loans and funding within the small, micro and medium enterprises segment. The scheme sent out directives to banks wherein they were required to sanction loans of up to Rs.1 Crore without collaterals or third party guarantee to SME’s. While the introduction of the scheme brought about some much needed changes within the sector, there were still a number of shortfalls.
It’s common knowledge that businesses face cash crunches and issues with capital from time to time. With money issues comes a myriad of other issues that may lead to defaulting of loans and economic offences. Such issues can come knocking on your door anytime, whether you are a seasoned businessman or a first time entrepreneur. And nobody wants to find themselves tagged as a “big time” economic offender. So what can you do to ensure that you don’t find yourself in such a situation?