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President's Message
Dr. Sangam Kurade, President, FISMEThe GST continues to menacingly lurk over the heads of businesses. Fear in authorities of erosion of revenue has stalled bold decisions making to agree on a GST regime which is lighter (in terms of rates) and simpler (in terms of compliance). The DG-GST approached FISME to elicit the existing pain points that MSMEs face in implementing GST to be put before the GST Council. We explained how thousands of micro units engaged in ‘job-work’, who have traditionally were under SSI exemption, have to pay GST @18 to 28%! There are scores of such issues from GST on advance to reverse charge mechanism to pending refunds, which are driving small businesses crazy. The nature and quantum of complaints allude to the fact that GST remains a work in progress. And, it would continue to disrupt businesses for some more time. The silver lining is, Governments- especially at center, are willing to engage and listen the MSMEs. Let’s hope the problem areas are identified and ironed out sooner than later. "
Mr. Dinesh Chandra Tripathi, President, FISME
Vol VI, Issue 160: August 1, 2018
Business Banter: Lessons from Entrepreneurs
How SMEs Can Build a Global Approach For Growth
Macro Metre
Out of 228 goods only 35 goods in highest tax bracket of 28%
Govt allows import of Urea for industrial, non-agriculture and technical grade
Domestic Digest
Allow MSMEs to follow inventory-based models to sell locally produced goods online: Task Force on e-commerce policy Knowledge and News Network (KNN)
MoMSME to send teams to 117 most backward, naxalite affected Aspirational Districts to spread awareness about schemes
NI-MSME mobilizes 800 artisans into 43 SHGs
State Scan
Centre sanctions 5 industrial infrastructure development projects in AP Knowledge and News Network (KNN)
Odisha govt approves four investment proposals worth Rs 348.5 crore
Rajasthan’s MSEFC invites MSMEs with delayed payment issue to resolve disputes through conciliation
World Watch
US eases export controls for high-tech product sales to India
Afghan traders sign deals worth USD 67 mn with Indian traders during ‘Made in Afghanistan, Nature’s best’ exhibition
Knowledge Store
Father-daughter duo bring organic to retail with Jeevaniya Naturals
...And A Lot More

FISME’s representation before GST Council

Business Banter: Lessons from Entrepreneurs

How SMEs Can Build a Global Approach For Growth

The Small and Medium Enterprises in India have gone through a whole list of changes over the past few years. While a lot of them still function in the unorganized sector, the way they work has considerably changed. With demonetization and the push from the government to digitize, SMEs have adopted technology too in their processes. However, there’s still a lot that needs to be done to make way for global development or business expansion.
Writing on the Wall

The new MSME definition in India: good or bad? Why?

The Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are defined in India under the MSMED Act 2006 on the basis of capital investment made in plant and machinery, excluding investments in land and building. As per 2006 definition, Manufacturing units having investment below Rs 25 lakh (Rs 2.5 mn) were termed Micro, those between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 5 crore (Rs 50 mn) termed as Small and from Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore (Rs 100 mn) as Medium.

Using turnover, rather than investment criteria, is a more pragmatic way to incentivise industry

The Centre has set in motion a long-pending reform in its policy dispensation for MSMEs (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises), by tabling the MSME Development (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Parliament this week. The Bill’s most significant provision is the proposed change in the decade-old official definition of an MSME.

Media Monitor

Macro Metre

Out of 228 goods only 35 goods in highest tax bracket of 28%

The GST Council has trimmed the 28 per cent slab by cutting tax rates on 191 goods over the last one year, leaving just 35 items in the highest tax bracket. With 226 goods in the 28 per cent category when Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented on July 1, 2017, GST rates of 191 items have been revised by the Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister and comprising state ministers till now. The 35 goods, which will be left in highest tax bracket once the new GST rates are implemented from July 27, include cement, automobile parts, tyres, automobile equipments, motor vehicles, yachts, aircrafts, aerated drinks, betting , AC, digital camera, video recorders, dishwashing machine, demerit items like tobacco, cigarette and pan masala.

Govt allows import of Urea for industrial, non-agriculture and technical grade

The government has removed restrictions from import of Urea for industrial, non-agriculture and technical grade. In a notification, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has said, “Import Policy of Urea for industrial/non-agriculture/ technical grade shall be "Free" with Actual User Condition.” Earlier, import of Urea was allowed only through State Trading Corporation.

Marking of tick in appropriate boxes mandatory in EDI shipping bills to claim MEIS benefit: DGFT

Making amendment in the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20, Director General of Foreign Trade, said that marking of ‘Y’ in the EDI generated Shipping Bills by Exporters would be treated as declaration of intent to claim MEIS benefit. Amending Paragraph 3.14 of the Handbook of Procedures 2015-20 for Procedure for Declaration of Intent on EDI and Non EDI shipping bills for claiming rewards under MEIS including export of goods through courier or foreign post offices using e-Commerce, DGFT said, “EDI Shipping Bills: Marking/ ticking of “Y’ (for Yes) in “Reward” column of shipping bills against each item, which is mandatory, would be sufficient to declare intent to claim rewards under the scheme.

CBIC sets up Help Desks’ for expeditious IGST refunds for MSME exporters

CBIC has issued two Circulars to expedite the refund for exporters as an extension of the special “Refund Fortnight” drive, especially for exporters in the MSME domain. In terms of the first Circular No. 21/2018-Customs dated July 18, 2018, Help Desks’ have been created for expeditious IGST refunds for MSME exporters. The Help desks would assist in resolution of IGST refund claims for MSME exporters as part of on-going ‘Refund Fortnight. CBIC realizes that MSMEs are unable to approach Customs port of exports due to factors like distance, lack of information/knowledge etc.

Domestic Digest

Allow MSMEs to follow inventory-based models to sell locally produced goods online: Task Force on e-commerce policy

The task force on e-commerce policy, in its meeting on Monday, recommended allowing the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to follow inventory-based models for selling locally produced goods through an online platform. Several working groups were made by the Commerce Ministry to make recommend representations to a task-force on e-commerce policy which further made recommendations to the think-tank. The second meeting of the think-tank which has representation from industry association and e-commerce companies, was held in the national capital.

MSMEs to be decided based on turnover; Bill introduced in Lok

A bill specifying the turnover of a business entity which would classify it as a micro, small or medium enterprise, was introduced by the government in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill provides for change in the criterion of classification of MSMEs from the existing based on 'investment in plant and machinery or equipment' to 'annual turnover' of the enterprise. The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for MSMEs Giriraj Singh, after he withdrew the 2015 Bill on the issue.

Truckers strike hit MSMEs hard as goods transport comes to halt; associations seek speedy intervention of govt

The nationwide truckers strike against the government for various issues, including a demand to rationalise taxes on diesel and reduce its prices, in accordance with the international market, has entered 6th day due to which large number of states has been facing humongous loss in business and trade. KNN India spoke to MSME associations across the country to know the loss incurred by them due to the strike.

MoMSME to send teams to 117 most backward, naxalite affected Aspirational Districts to spread awareness about schemes

Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) will send teams of officials to 117 most backward and naxalite affected Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog to spread awareness about existing schemes of the Ministry and to obtain proposals to set up and strengthen micro and small enterprises, Minister of State (I/C) for MSME, Giriraj Singh informed Lok Sabha. The Minister also informed that MSMEs are significantly present in all States and UTs and they are the second largest employer after agriculture in the country.

NI-MSME mobilizes 800 artisans into 43 SHGs

National Institute of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (Ni-MSME), Hyderabad has mobilized 800 artisans into 43 Self Help Groups (SHGs) and guided them to open bank accounts. The institute has been entrusted with the task of preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR), conducting baseline survey and forming the SHGs with respect to the Palakkad pottery and papier mache craft cluster, by the National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC).
State Scan

Andhra Pradesh    

Centre sanctions 5 industrial infrastructure development projects in AP

To accelerate the development of industrial infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh, the Central Government has sanctioned five industrial infrastructure development projects costing Rs 64.73 crore under its Cluster Development Program at the 47th Steering Committee Meeting. The Commissioner of Industries Siddharth Jain stated in a press release that the clearance was for two new industrial estates at Peddapuram and Gandrajupalli in East Godavari and Chittoor districts respectively and 3 upgrading clusters at Vedayapalem (Nellore), Singarayakonda (Prakasam) and Gajuwaka (Visakhapatnam).

Uttar Pradesh    

UP to partner Amazon for global branding and marketing of traditional industries products

In a bid to boost traditional industries under its ambitious ‘One District One Product’ (ODOP) scheme, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Agityanath government is mulling to partner with Amazon with regard to global branding and marketing of traditional products. While, UP has already signed a MoU with Amazon for showcasing Khadi over its online marketplace apart from training artisans, the states is talking to ecommerce giant for other traditional products.


Odisha govt approves four investment proposals worth Rs 348.5 crore

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi accorded in principal approval to four investment proposals worth Rs 348.5 crore.The proposed projects mainly include the pharmaceutical, textile, downstream industries in metal and mineral sectors. The approval was given at the State-Level Single-Window Clearance Authority meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary with a view to create more employment opportunities in the state. The approved project included Kolkata based pharmaceutical company which will be set up for production of intravenous fluids at Ramdaspur of Cuttak district with an investment of Rs 64.95 crore.


Rajasthan’s MSEFC invites MSMEs with delayed payment issue to resolve disputes through conciliation

The Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Council (MSEFC) has invited applications from entrepreneurs in order to settle their disputes through conciliation. The MSMEs with the matters like payments for goods and services are being disposed of in the meetings held regularly during the last six months. The council has resolved over 95 matters during its 41st meeting held earlier this week.The council has invited MSMEs which are not getting payment for their goods and services in 45 days. It has asked them to submit their plea to the council for getting relief under the provisions of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006.
World Watch

United States    

US eases export controls for high-tech product sales to India

In a major boost to India, the US today eased export controls for high-technology product sales to it by designating it as a Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) country, the only South Asian nation to be on the list. The granting of STA-1 status to India comes after the US recognised India as a "Major Defence Partner" in 2016, a designation that allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from America at par with that of the US' closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future.
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Afghan traders sign deals worth USD 67 mn with Indian traders during ‘Made in Afghanistan, Nature’s best’ exhibition

The Afghan traders inked potential deals worth USD 67 million for Afghan high-value agricultural products during recently held two day trade mission exhibition 'Made in Afghanistan: Nature's best' here in the national capital. A total of 49 Afghan exporters had exhibited at "Made in Afghanistan: Nature's Best". As a result of USAID support, hundreds of Indian and international buyers had the opportunity to learn about Afghanistan’s agricultural riches, including pomegranates, saffron, apples, apricots, melons, grapes, nuts and raisins, said the Afghan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) in a statement.
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Swedish firm Otivr provides a platform for Indian IT SMEs to innovate, sell technology services in Sweden

Swedish technology firm Otivr has renewed its focus on the Indian SME market with support from Swedish Chamber of Commerce in India, in the field of innovation in disruptive technologies, the company said in a press release. The company provides a strong business platform in the Nordic for Indian IT SMEs to capture with diverse technology and IT offerings. According to Forrester IT spending forecast, the Nordic countries, especially Sweden, along with Ireland and the UK will see the best growth on the continent at over 5%. Otivr aims to capture a significant portion of the increased market for IT spends with its specialised service offerings.
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Agri Tech Expo

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Your Views

Government raises threshold monetary limit for filing appeals relating to tax cases. Will the move ease tax compliance or increase

As government raises threshold monetary limit for filing appeals relating to tax cases. According to FISME factor 33.3 per cent MSME thinks it will increase the burden of tax compliance, 16.7 per cent think it will ease the tax compliance while 50 per cent think that there will be no impact.
Knowledge Store

HR Heuristics

Changing the way we hire: Why tests and elimination exams may not work

As the world grows more and more competitive, the skills required to succeed in your career changes as well. While, there is a crucial skill gap existent in the industry, it is also time for organizations to take some action.

Finance Fundamentals

Building Financial Discipline at an SME

Financial Discipline is about getting one’s numbers right. It requires setting clear goals, periodic measurement of performance, analyses of variances and taking corrective actions.

Marketing Mantras

Why design thinking is marketing's best friend

Marketers would have come across terms like design thinking, digital transformation and customer experience quite often over the last few years. Among these, customer experience is likely to strike the strongest chord among marketers, as they primarily drive that piece of a business.

Policy Polemic

Industry urges K'taka govt to acilitate speedy implementation of Centre’s guidelines for direct-selling industry

Apex industry body ASSOCHAM has urged the Government of Karnataka for speedy adoption and subsequent implementation of Centre’s draft guidelines as final norms for direct-selling business as that would push industry's growth and spur skill development, innovation and job creation within the state.

SME Special

Father-daughter duo bring organic to retail with Jeevaniya Naturals

Organic products and food have carved a strong niche among the health-conscious, and demand has steadily been on the rise. However, supply has not always been able to match up leading to spikes in prices of organic products on the one hand, and farmers left with their produce.

Success Story

After starting up in college, the trio has earned Rs 16 Cr GMV from ‘TAGG’ in just 2 years

Delhi-based Rohit Dhingra, Amitesh Bharadwaj, and Saurav Prakash met while pursuing computer science engineering at Manav Rachna International University. Having always wanted to start up, the three technology enthusiasts started mapping the technology market in India.


The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has brought out the first release of employment related statistics in the formal sector in April, 2018 covering the period September 2017 to February, 2018.

Quotable Quotes

“ Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life. ”
– APJ Abdul Kalam - An Indian scientist who served as the 11th President of India
Country Chronicles
FISME regularly receives monthly reports on the economies of various countries from their missions in India. These reports provide information on key economic parameters, trade related information and all news relevant for importers and exporters. In this edition you can take a look at reports on:
Starting a New Venture
Coming August, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research located in Vidyavihar, Mumbai is launching a certificate programme on Creating New Ventures.
New Members

3 New Members Join FISME

3 New Members Join FISME during the period from 16th July 2018 to 31st July 2018
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