Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme For The Scheduled Castes

- Advertisement -


To encourage and promote entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes who are oriented towards innovations and growth technologies by supporting the Bank and Financial Institutions [designated as Members Lending Institutions (MLIs) for the Scheme], in the form of Credit Enhancement Guarantee (minimum Rs.0.15 crore and maximum Rs.5.00 crore) against Working Capital Loans, Term Loans or Composite Terms Loans granted by (Money Lending Institutions) MLIs to SC entrepreneurs.

Objective of the Scheme

  1. The scheme is an initiative that is implemented throughout the nation to enhance entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Caste who are motivated for innovation and growth of the technologies.
  2. To promote the financial inclusion of SC entrepreneurs and motivate them towards further growth of SC communities.
  3. To facilitate the economic development of SC entrepreneurs.
  4. To develop direct and indirect employment generation for the SC population in India.

Sector covered under Scheme

The borrower engaged in primary/ service/ manufacturing sector would be considered for financial assistance by MLIs.

Type of Borrower

Registered companies/ registered partnership firms having more than 51% shareholdings with Scheduled Caste promoters for the past six months having management control of the SC entrepreneurs/ promoters.

- Advertisement -

Society registered under the Society Act and carrying business in accordance with the general policy of Bank/ FIs, having above 51% shareholdings with Scheduled Caste members at least for six months having management control of the SC entrepreneurs/ promoters.

Sole Proprietorship firms of SC entrepreneurs/ individual SC entrepreneurs.

The Scheduled Caste promoters of companies are given preference ahead of the Registered partnership firms and Registered Societies.

- Advertisement -

The Scheduled Caste promoter/ partner/ members will not dilute his/ her/ their shareholding/ equity during the currency of the loan.

Lock-in Period

The guarantee cover will have a lock-in period of 12 months from the date of last disbursement. No claim made under the guarantee shall be entertained by IFCI if the account becomes NPA within the lock in period.


The term ‘Loan’ shall cover Working Capital Loan, Term Loan / Composite Term Loan granted to SC Enterprises by (Money Lending Institutions) MLIs.

- Advertisement -

Guarantee Fee and obligation of IFCI on theGuarantee

  1. Cost to GOI:
  2. Cost to MLIs:
  3. The Guarantee obligation shall cease to exist as soon as theunderlying loan is repaid or the Guarantee validity period has expired, whichever is earlier.


Amount of Guarantee

Minimum Rs.0.15 crore and maximum Rs.5.00 crore.

Individual SC Entrepreneur would be eligible for a guarantee cover of a loan amount of upto Rs. 1.00 crore.

Tenure of Guarantee

Maximum 7 years or repayment period whichever is earlier. However, initially the loan shall be guaranteed for 1 year and renewed at yearly intervals subject to payment of annual renewal fee and satisfactory loan conduct and satisfactory loan review certification by MLIs at the time of renewal.

Repeat Credit Enhancement

IIn case of satisfactory track record and post liquidation of the First facility under the scheme, the benefits of Guarantee under the scheme may be extended to such SC Entrepreneurs/Enterprises for repeat finance, in order to incentivize and inculcate healthy credit culture amongst the ultimate beneficiaries.


  1. Enterprises, projects/units being set up, promoted and run by Scheduled castes in primary, manufacturing and services sector ensuring asset creation out of the funds deployed in the unit, under any State/Central Government Subsidy/Grant Scheme shall be considered;
  2. Registered Companies and Societies/Registered Partnership Firms/Sole Proprietorship firms/Individual SC Entrepreneur having more than 51% shareholding by Scheduled Caste entrepreneurs/promoters/members with management control for the past 6 months;
  3. Credit Guarantee would be extended to startup SC Entrepreneur.
  4. Individual SC Entrepreneur would be eligible for a guarantee cover of a loan amount of upto Rs. 1.00 crore.
  5. Documentary proofs of being SC will have to be mandatorily submitted by the entrepreneurs/promoters/partners/society members/sole proprietorship firms/individual SC Entrepreneurat the time of submitting the proposals
  6. The Scheduled Caste promoter(s)/Partners/Society members shall not dilute their stake below 51% in the company/enterprise during the currency of the Loan.
  7. To be eligible for Guarantee Cover under the Scheme, the banks / FIs/ MLI‟s shall submit to IFCI a copy of the valid sanction letters/LoI issued to Scheduled Caste beneficiary/enterprise/company/firm/society/sole proprietorship firms/individuals. In order to save time, the information may also be submitted online on the web portal of CEGSSC. The indicative Appraisal Format and Due Diligence Module are provided in the Scheme as Annexure-III and Annexure-IV in the scheme guidelines respectively for facilitation. However, the MLIs who have already developed their own formats and modules are free to use their own appraisal formats/modules.
- Advertisement -

Related Articles