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RBI support measures to help small businesses hit by second pandemic wave: Mahesh Desai,EEPC

New Delhi. : Besides providing liquidity support to small borrowers, the measures announced by RBI would boost confidence of the trade and business, said EEPC India Chairman Mr Mahesh Desai.

“Over the last few months, India’s merchandise exports have shown an upward trend but the surge in new Covid cases has posed some downside risks.  The relief measures announced by RBI for MSMEs should mitigate those risks,“ he added. 

One of the key focus areas of the central bank was facilitating easy credit for entities in the health sector including vaccine manufacturers and suppliers of oxygen and ventilators. For this, an on-tap liquidity window of Rs 50,000 crore has been announced. This will help strengthen Covid infrastructure in the country and ensure that the impact of the second wave of the infection on the economy is minimal.

Another key support measure announced by the RBI was Resolution Framework 2.0 for Covid related stressed assets of individuals, small businesses and MSMEs. This is a major relief for small and medium players, noted Mr Desai.