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Odisha's MSMEs face Rs 4,000 cr loss after cyclone fury, seek Modi's help

Odisha trade body asks for interest rates on loans to be eased, relaxation on GST application, partial loans waivers and subsidy grants

Nirmalya Behera  |  Bhubaneswar 

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After battering Odisha’s eastern coast near Puri, Fani has hit operations of 50,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

units in the districts of Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur have been the worst victims. At a conservative estimate, 50,000 MSMEs have been affected by Fani. The extent of loss of production and properties is pegged at Rs 4,000 crore,” said Ramesh Mohapatra, president of (UCCI).

UCCI has sought easing of interest rates on loans, relaxation on application of GST and partial waiver of loan and grant of subsidy for reviving MSMEs hit by the

In a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik, the industry association has urged for waiver of demand charges on electricity bill for at least a month and electricity duty exemption for a minimum of three months. In addition, the apex chamber has sought grant of rehabilitation subsidy for units.

Banks may be advised to recast loans, waive interest for at least three months, and sanction required units for restoration, UCCI suggested in its letter.

In addition, the chamber has also requested the state government for enhancement of capital investment subsidy to Rs 1 crore under the agriculture policy for restoration and reconstruction of layer poultry farms devastated by the

First Published: Tue, May 21 2019. 19:19 IST