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MSME sector derailed in J&K due to prolonged disturbance: Rather
SRINAGAR, July 20: Maintaining that J&K, despite having a strong resource base, purchases goods and services worth Rs. 35000 Crore annually from other States, which provides a wide evidence of existence of a strong market suited to the economic viability of manufacturing projects within the State, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather enjoined upon the J&K State Financial Corporation (J&K SFC) to play its assigned role of lending to Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME) and it’s allied sectors of the State to accelerate its economic development.

Speaking at the 52nd Annual General Meeting of the J&K SFC held at Banquet Hall Srinagar, this evening Rather, who is also Chairman of the Corporation, said that at National Level the MSME sector is playing a significant role in the economic development of the country adding that it contributes about 8 percent to GDP and 45 Percent output to manufacturing sector. “However in J&K, the MSME sector has got derailed due to prolonged disturbance as most of the SFC Financed Units got closed after losing their financial viability”, Rather said adding that this sector needs a strong lending support by the banks & other financial institutions to exploit its’ about Rs 10,000/- Crore untapped investment potential in the fields of tourism, power, horticulture, floriculture, handicrafts, Indian System of Medicines, Fisheries etc. He said in consonance with developmental goals at National Level and underlining objective of the States’ 12th Five Year Plan ‘2012-2017’, the credit flow for MSME & cooperative sector shall be on forefront of financial measures of the State. He said that in order to utilize the natural & human resources of J&K profitably, the financial institutions and banking network in the State have to ensure adequate lending facilities to encourage growth of successful entrepreneurs and to help the State to overcome the grave problems of unemployment of its educated youth.

Rather said that prior to the implementation of its revival plan in March 2010, this premier financial institution had lost all its business and had descended to a huge negative net worth of over Rs 104.78 Crore and it was in default to its supporting institutions to the extent of Rs 180.40 crore. He said the work of audit of its accounts had hit a backlog of six years. “ But today with the adoption of the audited accounts for the year 2011-12 , the Corporation shall be clearing 7 annual accounts in a period of four years,” Mr. Rather added. He said the income of the corporation has increased from Rs 5.74 crore in 2008-09 to Rs 9.39 crore during last fiscal.

He said the net worth of the Corporation which had sunk to Rs (–) 104.78 crore as on 1.4.2009 has turned positive to Rs +1.39 crore as on 1.4.2013 after a gap of more than a decade.

Talking specifically of the achievements made during last fiscal, the Minister said the Corporation issued sanctions of Rs 2875.00 lakh and made disbursement of Rs 1840.69 lakh. The focus remained on recoveries and during the period under report, an amount of Rs 1745.51 lakh was recovered. He said the Corporation earned a total revenue income of Rs 757.17 lakh during the same period as against the revenue income of Rs 366.39 lakh earned during the previous year.

He said with the financial support from the State Government, the management settled liabilities of Rs 173 crore out of a book debt of Rs 180.40 crore, thus taking the Corporation out of the debt trap.

He said the corporation successfully launched and executed a One Time Settlement Scheme (OTSS 2010) and settled a large number of long pending bad accounts.

He said the corporation while following an effective mechanism to recover the decades old debts in default during the last four years, recovered Rs 76.53 crore. While providing an exit route to loss bearing constituents, it has reduced its own loss portfolio from 62% as on 1.4.2009 to 24% as on 1.4.2013.The debt equity ratio of the Corporation has improved substantially from 2.50:1 to 1:9.61.

He said the corporation is back in business with a positive net worth, having cleared the debts, and taken up again its assigned role of lending to MSME and allied sectors of the State so as to revive its golden past.

News Updated at : Sunday, July 21, 2013
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