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Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)

General Guidelines

The Scheme

Government of India has approved the introduction of a new credit linked subsidy programme called Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) by merging the two schemes that were in operation till 31.03.2008 namely Prime Minister’s Rojgar Yojana (PMRY) and Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP) for generation of employment opportunities through establishment of micro enterprises in rural as well as urban areas. PMEGP will be a central sector scheme to be administered by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME). The Scheme will be implemented by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), a statutory organization under the administrative control of the Ministry of MSME as the single nodal agency at the National level. At the State level, the Scheme will be implemented through State KVIC Directorates, State Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs) and District Industries Centres (DICs) and banks. The Government subsidy under the Scheme will be routed by KVIC through the identified Banks for eventual distribution to the beneficiaries / entrepreneurs in their Bank accounts. The Implementing Agencies, namely KVIC, KVIBs and DICs will associate reputed Non Government Organization (NGOs)/reputed autonomous institutions/Self Help Groups (SHGs)/ National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) / Udyami Mitras empanelled under Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY), Panchayati Raj institutions and other relevant bodies in the implementation of the Scheme, especially in the area of identification of beneficiaries, of area specific viable projects, and providing training in entrepreneurship development.

    i)   To generate employment opportunities in rural as well as urban areas of the country through setting up of new self-employment ventures / projects / micro enterprises.
    ii)   To bring together widely dispersed traditional artisans/ rural and urban unemployed youth and give them self-employment opportunities to the extent possible, at their place.
    iii)   To provide continuous and sustainable employment to a large segment of traditional and prospective artisans and rural and urban unemployed youth in the country, so as to help arrest migration of rural youth to urban areas.
    iv)  To increase the wage earning capacity of artisans and contribute to increase in the growth rate of rural and urban employment.

Eligibility Conditions of Beneficiaries
  • Any individual, above 18 years of age.
  • There will be no income ceiling for assistance for setting up projects under PMEGP.
  • For setting up of project costing above Rs.10 lakh in the manufacturing sector and above Rs. 5 lakh in the business /service sector, the beneficiaries should possess at least VIII standard pass educational qualification.
  • Assistance under the Scheme is available only for new projects sanctioned specifically under the PMEGP.
  • Self Help Groups (including those belonging to BPL provided that they have not availed benefits under any other Scheme) are also eligible for assistance under PMEGP.
  • Institutions registered under Societies Registration Act,1860;
  • Production Co-operative Societies
  • Charitable Trusts.
  • Existing Units (under PMRY, REGP or any other scheme of Government of India or State Government) and the units that have already availed Government Subsidy under any other scheme of Government of India or State Government are not eligible.
Other eligibility conditions
  • A certified copy of the caste/community certificate or relevant document issued by the competent authority in the case of other special categories, is required to be produced by the beneficiary to the concerned branch of the Banks along with the Margin Money (subsidy) Claim.
  • A certified copy of the bye-laws of the institutions is required to be appended to the Margin Money (subsidy) Claim, wherever necessary.
  • Project cost will include Capital Expenditure and one cycle of Working Capital. Projects without Capital Expenditure are not eligible for financing under the Scheme. Projects costing more than Rs.5 lakh, which do not require working capital, need clearance from the Regional Office or Controller of the Bank’s Branch and the claims are required to be submitted with such certified copy of approval from Regional Office or Controller, as the case may be.
  • Cost of the land should not be included in the Project cost. Cost of the ready built as well as long lease or rental Workshed / Workshop can be included in the project cost subject to restricting such cost of ready built as well as long lease or rental workshed/workshop to be included in the project cost calculated for a maximum period of 3 years only.
  • PMEGP is applicable to all new viable micro enterprises, including Village Industries projects except activities indicated in the negative list of Village Industries. Existing/old units are not eligible (Para 29 of the guidelines refers).


  • The Institutions/Production Co-operative Societies/Trusts specifically registered as such and SC/ ST/ OBC/ Women/ Physically Handicapped / Ex-Servicemen and Minority Institutions with necessary provisions in the bye-laws to that effect are eligible for Margin Money (subsidy) for the special categories. However, for Institutions /Production Cooperative Societies/Trusts not registered as belonging to special categories, will be eligible for Margin Money (Subsidy) for general category.
  • Only one person from one family is eligible for obtaining financial assistance for setting up of projects under PMEGP. The ‘family’ includes self and spouse.

Implementing Agencies

The Scheme will be implemented by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai, a statutory body created by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956, which will be the single nodal agency at the national level. At the State level, the scheme will be implemented through State Directorates of KVIC, State Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs) and District Industries Centres in rural areas. In urban areas, the Scheme will be implemented by the State District Industries Centres (DICs) only. KVIC will coordinate with State KVIBs/State DICs and monitor performance in rural and urban areas. KVIC and DICs will also involve NSIC, Udyami Mitras empanelled under Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY), Panchayati Raj Institutions and other NGOs of repute in identification of beneficiaries under PMEGP.

Other Agencies

The details of other agencies to be associated by nodal agencies in the implementation of PMEGP are as under:

  • Field Offices of KVIC and its State offices
  • State KVI Boards
  • District Industries Centre (DIC) of all State Governments/Union Territories Administrations reporting to respective Commissioners /Secretaries (Industries).
  • Banks/Financial Institutions.
  • KVI Federation
  • Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), The Army Wives Welfare Association of India (AWWA) and Panchayati Raj Institutions
  • NGOs having at least five years experience and expertise in Project Consultancy in Small Agro & Rural Industrial Promotion and Technical Consultancy Services, Rural Development, Social Welfare having requisite infrastructure and manpower and capable of reaching Village and Taluk level in the State or Districts. NGOs should have been funded by State or National Level Government Agency for any of its programmes in the preceding 3 years period.
  • Professional Institutions/Technical Colleges recognized by Government/University and University Grants Commission (UGC)/ All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) having department for vocational guidance or technical courses providing skill based training like ITI, Rural Polytechnic, Food Processing Training Institute, etc.
  • Certified KVI institutions aided by KVIC / KVIB provided these are in category A+, A or B and are having required infrastructure, manpower and expertise for the role.
  • Departmental and Non-Departmental Training Centres of KVIC / KVIBs.
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institutes (MSME-DIs), MSME Tool Rooms and Technical Development Centres, under the administrative control of Office of Development Commissioner, MSME.
  • National Small Industries Corporation’s (NSIC) offices, Technical Centres, Training Centres, Incubators and Training cum Incubation Centres (TICs) set up in PPP Mode.
  • National level Entrepreneurship Development Institutes like National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME) and Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati under the administrative control of Ministry of MSME, their branches and the Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) set up by their Partner Institutions (PIs).
  • Udyami Mitras empanelled under Rajiv Gandhi Udhyami Mitra Yojana of Ministry of MSME.
  • PMEGP Federation, whenever formed.

Financial Institutions
  • 27 Public Sector Banks.
  • All Regional Rural Banks.
  • Co-operative Banks approved by State Level Task Force Committee headed by Principal Secretary (Industries)/Commissioner (Industries)
  • Private Sector Scheduled Commercial Banks approved by State Level Task Force Committee headed by Principal Secretary (Industries)/Commissioner (Industries).
  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
Identification of Beneficiaries

The identification of beneficiaries will be done at the district level by a Task Force consisting of representatives from KVIC/State KVIB and State DICs and Banks. The Task force would be headed by the District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner / Collector concerned. The Bankers should be involved right from the beginning to ensure that bunching of applications is avoided. However, the applicants, who have already undergone training of at least 2 weeks under Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) / Skill Development Programme (SDP) / Entrepreneurship cum Skill Development Programme (ESDP) or Vocational Training (VT) will be allowed to submit applications directly to Banks. However, the Banks will refer the application to the Task Force for its consideration. Exaggeration in the cost of the project with a view only to availing higher amount of subsidy should not be allowed. KVIC will devise a score card in consultation with SBI and RBI, and forward it to the District Level Task Force and other State/District functionaries. This score board will form the basis for the selection of beneficiaries. This score card will also be displayed on the websites of KVIC and Ministry. The selection process should be through a transparent, objective and fair process and Panchayati Raj Institutions should be involved in the process of selection (Para 11 (i)(b) of the guidelines refers).

Bank Finance
  • The Bank will sanction 90% of the project cost in case of General Category of beneficiary/institution and 95% in case of special category of the beneficiary/institution, and disburse full amount suitably for setting up of the project.
  • Bank will finance Capital Expenditure in the form of Term Loan and Working Capital in the form of cash credit. Project can also be financed by the Bank in the form of Composite Loan consisting of Capital Expenditure and Working Capital. The amount of Bank Credit will be ranging between 60-75% of the total project cost after deducting 15-35% of margin money (subsidy) and owner’s contribution of 10% from beneficiaries belonging to general category and 5% from beneficiaries belonging to special categories. This scheme will thus require enhanced allocations and sanction of loans from participating banks. This is expected to be achieved as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has already issued guidelines to the Public Sector Banks to ensure 20 % year to year growth in credit to MSME Sector. SIDBI is also strengthening its credit operations to micro enterprises so as to cover 50 lakh additional beneficiaries over five years beginning 2006-07, and is recognized as a participating financial institution under PMEGP besides other scheduled/ Commercial Banks.
  • Though Banks will claim Margin Money (subsidy) on the basis of projections of Capital Expenditure in the project report and sanction thereof, Margin Money (subsidy) on the actual availment of Capital Expenditure only will be retained and excess, if any, will be refunded to KVIC, immediately after the project is ready for commencement of production.
  • Working Capital component should be utilized in such a way that at one point of stage it touches 100% limit of Cash Credit within three years of lock in period of Margin Money and not less than 75% utilization of the sanctioned limit. If it does not touch aforesaid limit, proportionate amount of the Margin Money (subsidy) is to be recovered by the Bank/Financial Institution and refunded to the KVIC at the end of the third year.
  • Rate of interest and repayment schedule. Normal rate of interest shall be charged. Repayment schedule may range between 3 to 7 years after an initial moratorium as may be prescribed by the concerned bank/financial institution. It has been observed that banks have been routinely insisting on credit guarantee coverage irrespective of the merits of the proposal. This approach needs to be discouraged. RBI will issue necessary guidelines to the Banks to accord priority in sanctioning projects under PMEGP. RBI will also issue suitable guidelines as to which RRBs and other banks will be excluded from implementing the Scheme.

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)

The objective of EDP is to provide orientation and awareness pertaining to various managerial and operational functions like finance, production, marketing, enterprise management, banking formalities, bookkeeping, etc. The duration for EDP under REGP was only 3 days, whereas, under PMRY it was 10 days. During various meetings, discussions and recommendations of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee for Industry (DRPSCI) it was felt that 3 days were not adequate for providing this inputs effectively and, hence two to three weeks period has been provided under PMEGP which will include interaction with successful rural entrepreneur, banks as well as orientation through field visits. The EDP will be conducted through KVIC, KVIB Training Centers as well as Accredited Training Centers run by Central Government, NSIC, the three national level Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (EDIs), i.e., NIESBUD, NIMSME and IIE, and their partner institutions under the administrative control of Ministry of MSME, State Governments, Banks, Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institutes (RUDSETI) reputed NGOs, and other organizations / institutions, identified by the Government from time to time. EDP will be mandatory for all the PMEGP beneficiaries. However, the beneficiaries who have undergone EDP earlier of duration not less than two weeks through KVIC/KVIB or reputed training centers will be exempted from undergoing fresh EDP. The training centres / institutes will be identified by KVIC and extensive publicity will be provided about the training centres / institutes, content of courses available, duration, etc. by circulating the same to all the Implementing Agencies.

Budget for EDP Charges to the Training Centers

An amount of Rs. 2500/- to Rs.4000/- per trainee for a period of two to three weeks towards course material, honorarium to guest speakers, lodging, boarding expenses, etc. is admissible under the Scheme. KVIC will reimburse the expenditure to the training centres / institutes chosen for the purpose, in accordance with the procedures to be separately devised by it and circulated to KVIBs and DICs.

Physical verification of PMEGP Units

100% physical verification of the actual establishment and working status of each of the units, set up under PMEGP, including those set up through KVIBs and DICs, will be done by KVIC, through the agencies of State Government and/or, if necessary by outsourcing the work to professional institutes having expertise in this area, following the prescribed procedures as per General Financial Rules (GFR) of Government of India. Banks, DICs and KVIBs will coordinate and assist KVIC in ensuring 100 % physical verification. A suitable proforma will be designed by KVIC for such physical verification of units. Quarterly reports, in the prescribed format will be submitted by KVIC to the Ministry of MSME.

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