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India’s small businesses are facing a “mass-extinction event” in the wake of Covid-19

India-MSMEs-economic slowdown
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Caught in a deep slowdown.
  • Prathamesh Mulye
By Prathamesh Mulye

Writer, banking and economy


Small and medium-sized businesses have been at the center of the Narendra Modi government’s plans to revive the Indian economy from the Covid-19-triggered slump. Yet, experts believe, not much has changed for such firms and the pandemic could prove to be a “mass-extinction event” for them.

Only a third of Indian medium and small enterprises (MSME) have received loans under the new government credit guarantee scheme launched as part of the Covid-19 relief package, according to a survey (pdf) by CARE Ratings.

The survey was conducted in June and July and covered 345 MSMEs from various sectors, including manufacturing and services.

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