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MSME New Criteria and Norms of Registration

By Admin, 3/7/2024 9:17:14 AM

Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (M/o MSMEs) has issued Gazette notification to pave way for implementation of the upward revision in the definition and criteria of MSMEs in the country. The new definition and criterion will come into effect from 1st July, 2020.

After 14 years since the MSME Development Act came into existence in 2006, a revision in MSME definition was announced in the Atmnirbhar Bharat package on 13th May, 2020. As per this announcement, the definition of Micro manufacturing and services units was increased to Rs. 1 Crore of investment and Rs. 5 Crore of turnover. The limit of small unit was increased to Rs. 10 Crore of investment and Rs 50 Crore of turnover. Similarly, the limit of medium unit was increased to Rs. 20 Crore of investment and Rs. 100 Crore of turnover. The Government of India on 01.06.2020 decided for further upward revision of the MSME Definition. For medium Enterprises, now it will be Rs. 50 Crore of investment and Rs. 250 Crore of turnover.

The existing criterion of definition of MSMEs is based on the MSMED Act, 2006. It was different for manufacturing and services units. It was also very low in terms of financial limits. Since then, the economy has undergone significant changes. After the package announced on 13th May, 2020, there were several representations saying that the announced revision is still not in line with market and price conditions and hence it should be further revised upwardly. Keeping in mind these representations, Prime Minister decided to further increase the limit for medium Units. This has been done in order to be realistic with time and to establish an objective system of classification and to provide ease of doing business.

Also, a new composite formula of classification for manufacturing and service units has been notified. Now, there will be no difference between manufacturing and service sectors. Also, a new criterion of turnover is added.

Ministry officials said that the new definition will pave way for strengthening and growth of the MSMEs. Particularly, the provision of excluding the exports from counting of turnover will encourage the MSMEs to export more and more without fearing to loose the benefits of a MSME unit. This is expected to exponentially add to exports from the country leading to more growth and economic activity and creation of jobs.

Old Definition of MSME

New Definition of MSME

Different threshold limits for manufacturing and service sectors

Uniform threshold limits for manufacturing and service sectors

Excluded retail and wholesale sectors

Includes retail and wholesale sectors

Threshold limits not adjusted for inflation

Threshold limits adjusted for inflation

Cost of equipment not adjusted for depreciation

Cost of equipment adjusted for depreciation

Depreciated cost calculated as per commercial rates

Depreciated cost calculated as per IT rules

Upward limits of turnovers and investments were too low

Upward limits of turnovers and investments have been raised

Export turnover included in total turnover

Export turnover excluded from total turnover

New MSME classification:

Sr. No

Type of Enterprise




Micro Enterprise

Not more than Rs.1 Crore

Not more than Rs.5 Crore


Small Enterprise

Not more than Rs.10 Crore

Not more than Rs.50 Crore


Medium Enterprise

Not more than Rs.50 Crore

Not more than Rs.250 Crore

MSME Registration Fees in India

The MSME Registration process, a pivotal step for businesses to access government support, is currently fee-free on the Udyam Registration Portal. This significant change eliminates financial barriers, encouraging more businesses to formalize their MSME status without incurring any registration fees. It ensures inclusivity and accessibility for enterprises, aligning with the government’s pro-growth initiatives.



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