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Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana

  • 07 Feb 2023
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Why in News?

As per the sample survey conducted at the national level by Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) to assess employment generation under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), the scheme helped in generating 1.12 crore net additional employment during a period of approximately 3 years (i.e., from 2015 to 2018).

What are the Other Highlights of the Survey?

  • Out of 81 lakh loans given in the state of Rajasthan, over 52 lakh were given to women entrepreneurs in the last three financial years, which is 64% of all loans.
  • The PMMY has been expanded over time:
    • In 2016-17, the scheme was expanded to cover activities related to agriculture, such as fishing, dairy, and food processing.
    • In 2017-18, loans for tractors and power tillers became eligible under PMMY, with a maximum limit of Rs. 10 lakhs.
    • From 2018-19 onwards, loans for two-wheelers for commercial use were included in PMMY.

What is Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana?

  • About:
    • PMMY was launched by the Government of India in 2015.
    • The PMMY provides collateral-free institutional loans up to Rs. 10 lakhs for small business enterprises.
  • Funding Provision:
  • Types:
    • The loan can be used for income-generating activities in the manufacturing, trading, services sector, and agriculture.
    • There are three loan products under PMMY:
      • Shishu (loans up to Rs. 50,000)
      • Kishore (loans between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 5 lakh)
      • Tarun (loans between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh).
  • Steps Taken for the Improvement of the Scheme:
    • Provision for online applications through udyamimitra portal.
    • Some Public Sector Banks (PSBs) have put end-to-end digital lending for automated sanctions under PMMY.
    • Intensive publicity campaigns by PSBs and Mudra Ltd. for increased visibility of the scheme amongst the stakeholders.
    • Nomination of Mudra Nodal Officers in PSBs.

UPSC Civil Services Examination Previous Year Question (PYQ)

Q. Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana is aimed at (2016)

(a) bringing the small entrepreneurs into formal financial system
(b) providing loans to poor farmers for cultivating particular crops 
(c) providing pensions to old and destitute persons
(d) funding the voluntary organizations involved in the promotion of skill development and employment generation

Ans: (a)

Source: PIB

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