The Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance announced that the Stand Up India Scheme has been extended up to the year 2025. The objective of the Stand Up India Scheme is to facilitate loans from Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) of value between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs.1 Crore to at least one Scheduled Caste (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST) borrower and one woman borrower per bank branch for setting up a green field enterprise in manufacturing, services or trading sector. Till June 2021, a total of 1,16,266 loans amounting to Rs. 26204.49 crore have been extended under the Scheme since inception.
The margin money requirement for loans under the Scheme has been reduced from ‘up to 25%’ to `up to 15%’ and activities allied to agriculture have been included in the Scheme. Apart from this, no other change is contemplated in the scheme. The Government does not allocate funds for loans under the Stand Up India Scheme. Loans under the Scheme are extended by SCBs as per commercial parameters, Board-approved policies of respective banks, and extant RBI guidelines. An amount of Rs. 500 crore each was however released by Government in FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 and Rs 100 crore in FY 2020-21 towards the corpus of Credit Guarantee Fund for Stand Up India (CGFSI).
The Government has taken various steps towards effective implementation of the Scheme, these, inter-alia, include provision for submission for online applications by potential borrowers through www.standupmitra.in portal, hand-holding support, intensive publicity campaign, simplified loan application form, Credit Guarantee Scheme, convergence with State and Central government Schemes wherever feasible, reduction in margin money and inclusion of activities allied to agriculture etc.