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CPSEs clear dues worth Rs 13,400 cr to MSMEs in last 5 months: Govt

New Delhi: The government on Monday said central public sector enterprises have cleared payments to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore owed to micro, small and medium enterprises in the last five months and Rs 3,700 crore was paid to the units in September alone.

The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) Ministry has now written to top management of over 2,800 corporates by name to make payment of pending dues of MSMEs in this month itself, an official statement said.

Last month, the ministry had written to top 500 corporates of India about the pending dues. In its latest communication to large corporates, the MSME Ministry underscored the importance of making such payments now and said that it will facilitate the small enterprises to avail business opportunities in the coming festival season.

The ministry said that if the cash flows of MSMEs improve, they can make use of the festival season when there is opportunity to earn by supplying goods and services.

"In fact, some of the MSMEs look for such a period for their sustenance of the whole year. Thus, timely payment of their receivables at this time will not only support the MSMEs and their dependents in this festive season but will also sustain many of them for a full year," the statement said. Therefore, the ministry has requested the corporates to see and make payment as soon as possible, preferably in the present month.

In addition, the ministry has also drawn attention of Corporate India towards important administrative, legal and Fintech-based provisions with regard to MSME payments.

The provisions state that it is ideal that payments are made in stipulated time.

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