/Bank of Maharashtra sanctions Rs 2,789 crore loans over 3 months to MSMEs, others

Bank of Maharashtra sanctions Rs 2,789 crore loans over 3 months to MSMEs, others

Mumbai: State-owned Bank of Maharashtra on Sunday said it has sanctioned loans worth Rs 2,789 crore to MSME, self-help group, agricultural and retail borrowers to help them meet their liquidity mismatches caused due to coronavirus crisis over the last three months. The lender had launched various COVID-19 emergency credit lines for its existing customers in March.

“We have sanctioned loans amounting to Rs 2,789 crore under agriculture, SHGs, Retail, MSMEs with almost one lakh beneficiaries between March 2020 and May 2020,” the lender said in a statement.

It had used various channels such as webinars, calls, SMSes and emails to raise awareness about these credit lines and to reach out to its borrowers.

The bank said it is now gearing up to extend the stimulus package announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman aimed at restarting business activities.

Recently, the government had announced a Rs 20 lakh crore (nearly 10 per cent of GDP) package to support the economy headed for its first full-year contraction in more than four decades.

Last week, Sitharaman had announced a 100 per cent credit scheme worth Rs 3 lakh crore to support the MSME sector, which has been adversely affected by disruptions caused by coronavirus crisis.

All existing MSME borrowers with outstanding credit of up to Rs 25 crore as on February 29, and with an annual turnover of up to Rs 100 crore would be eligible for guaranteed funding under the scheme.

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