The ‘Stand Up India Scheme’ was launched by the Prime Minister on 5thApril, 2016 and has been extended upto the year 2025 as informed by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance. 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 greenfield enterprise in manufacturing, services or trading sector. As on 02.03.2021, a total of 1,11,619 loans amounting to Rs. 24985.27 crore have been extended under the Scheme since inception
Pursuant to an announcement made in the Finance Minister’s Budget Speech for F.Y. 2021-22, the margin money requirement for loans under this has been reduced from ‘upto 25%’ to ‘upto 15%’ and activities allied to agriculture have been included in the Scheme.
Government does not allocate funds for loans under the Stand Up lndia 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 2O2O-21 towards the corpus of the 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, handholding support, intensive publicity campaigns, 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.