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Availability of bank credit without the hassles of collaterals / third party guarantees would be a major source of support to the first generation entrepreneurs to realize their dream of setting up a unit of their own Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE). Keeping this objective in view, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India launched Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS) so as to strengthen credit delivery system and facilitate flow of credit to the MSE sector. To operationalize the scheme, Government of India and SIDBI set up the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE).

CGTMSE has introduced a new "Hybrid Security" product allowing guarantee cover for the portion of credit facility not covered by collateral security. In the partial collateral security model, the MLIs will be allowed to obtain collateral security for a part of the credit facility, whereas the remaining part of the credit facility, up to a maximum of 200 lakhs, can be covered under Credit Guarantee Scheme of CGTMSE. CGTMSE will, however, have pari-passu charge on the primary security as well as on the collateral security provided by the borrower for the credit facility.

The main objective is that the lender should give importance to project viability and secure the credit facility purely on the primary security of the assets financed. The other objective is that the lender availing guarantee facility should endeavor to give composite credit to the borrowers so that the borrowers obtain both term loan and working capital facilities from a single agency. The Credit Guarantee scheme (CGS) seeks to reassure the lender that, in the event of a MSE unit, which availed collateral free credit facilities, fails to discharge its liabilities to the lender, the Guarantee Trust would make good the loss incurred by the lender up to 50/75/80/85 per cent of the credit facility.

Credit Guarantee

Any collateral / third party guarantee free credit facility (both fund as well as non fund based) extended by eligible institutions, to new as well as existing Micro and Small Enterprise, including Service Enterprises, with a maximum credit cap of of 200 lakhs (Rupees Two Hundred lakhs only) are eligible to be covered. Recently, guarantee coverage made eligible to select NBFCs and Small Finance banks.

The guarantee cover available under the scheme is to the extent of 50%/ 75% / 80% & 85% of the sanctioned amount of the credit facility. The extent of guarantee cover is 85% for micro enterprises for credit up to 5 lakhs. The extent of guarantee cover is 50% of the sanctioned amount of the credit facility for credit from 10 lakhs to 100 lakhs per MSE borrower for retail trade activity.

The extent of guarantee cover is 80%(i) Micro and Small Enterprises operated and/or owned by women; and (ii) all credits/loans in the North East Region (NER) for credit facilities upto 50 lakhs. In case of default, Trust settles the claim up to 75% of the amount in default of the credit facility extended by the lending institution for credit facilities upto 200 lakhs.

Category Maximum extent of Guarantee where credit facility is


Upto 5 lakhs Above 5 lakhs upto 50 lakhs Above 50 lakhs upto 100 lakhs
Micro Enterprises 85% of the amount in default subject to a maximum of 4.25 lakhs 75% / 37.50 lakhs 37.50 lakhs plus 50% of amount in default above 50 lakhs subject to overall ceiling of 62.50 lakhs
Women entrepreneurs/Units located in North East Region (incl.Sikkim) other than credit facility upto Rs.5 lakhs to micro enterprises 80% of the amount in default subject to a maximum of 40 lakhs 40 lakhs plus 50% of amount in default above 50 lakhs subject to overall ceiling of 65 lakhs
All other category of borrowers 75% / 37.50 lakhs 37.50 lakhs plus 50% of amount in default above 50 lakhs subject to overall ceiling of 62.50 lakhs

The lender should cover the eligible credit facilities as soon as they are sanctioned. In any case, the lender should apply for guarantee cover in respect of eligible credits sanctioned in one calendar quarter latest by end of subsequent calendar quarter. Guarantee will commence from e date of payment of guarantee fee and shall run through the agreed tenure of the term credit in case of term loans / composite loans and for a period of 5 years where working capital facilities alone are extended to borrowers, or for such period as may be specified by the Guarantee Trust in this behalf.


CGTMSE Logo - What does it depict?

The transformative journey of CGTMSE has begun with change of its logo. The new logo a "colorful flying bird" depicts giving wings to entrepreneurial zeal of millions of youth of this great country who are having bankable business ideas but lack collateral security and / or third party guarantee to access credit from formal source. Here CGTMSE extends them helping hand by providing guarantee to enable them access credit leading to setting up viable micro and small enterprises. Thereby transforming them from job seekers to job providers and meaningfully contribute in nation building.