Sarothi – Startup Loan Scheme
Sarothi – Startup Loan Scheme
The government of Assam has introduced Sarothi Startup Loan Scheme for new entrepreneurs in the State. This scheme is also known as the Chief Minister’s Startup fund – Sarothi. The main objective of Sarothi scheme is to remove the hurdle of funds for the small startups in Assam. Under this scheme, the Government provides financial assistance in the form of a loan at a subsidized rate to all eligible entrepreneurs. In this article, we look at the Sarothi scheme of the Assam Government in detail.
The objective of Sarothi Startup Scheme
The objective of the Sarothi Startup Scheme is to encourage the young and novice entrepreneurs to get their ventures started by aiding them with funding. Assam Government provides financial assistance in the form of a loan through designated banks covering the whole of the state. The Assam Government will support the loan so availed by the entrepreneurs through Interest Subvention.
Financial Assistance and Interest Rate for Sarothi Loan
- Under Sarothi Start-up Loan Scheme, Government provides Rs.10 lakh with 5% interest subvention to all eligible entrepreneurs
- The concerned bank authority will debit interest subsidy at 5% after the completion of every quarter in a year
- The entrepreneur will have to provide 15% of the total money required for setting up the entire project, and the bank will finance the rest of the amount through a loan
Processing Fee for Sarothi Loan
The bank will not charge any processing fees or documentation fees from the beneficiaries for Sarothi Loan. DIC will bear the processing fees or documentation fee, Government of Assam on behalf of the applicant as per the extant guidelines of the Bank or at a specified rate of 3% of the sanctioned amount as mutually agreed by the Bank and DIC, Assam Government.
Eligibility Criteria for Sarothi Start-up Scheme
Eligibility Criteria for applying Sarothi Start-up Loan Scheme are below:
- All innovative startup industrial activities and the new individual applicant will be eligible to get the benefit under Sarothi scheme
- New Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) units in Assam are eligible for these benefits
- Priority will be given to an applicant if he or she undergoes any skill development training
- If the applicant is a defaulter of any Bank or Financial Institution, he or she will not be eligible for benefits under Sarothi scheme
Documents required for applying for Sarothi Loan are below:
- Sarothi Start-up scheme application in the prescribed format
- Black and White passport size photo – 2Nos
- Entrepreneurs Memorandum Part-I ( EM part-I)
- For the proposed scheme or project, the report needs to be submitted
- Proof of Identity ( Aadhaar card, Voter ID, PAN Card or Driving License
- Proof of Address (Ration card, Electricity bill, Telephone Bill, Bank Account Statement, Letter from reputed employer)
- If the applicant has a trade license, it needs to be furnished
- Caste certificate for OBC, SC or ST applicant
- Disability certificate for physically handicraft applicant
Application procedure for Sarothi Start-up Loan Scheme
Novice enthusiasts who want to set a new business venture can follow the below-mentioned steps to get financial assistance under Sarothi scheme:
Step 1: All eligible applicant need to apply in a prescribed format to the concerned general
Step 2: DICC official will examine the application and forwarded to the District level Committee (DLC) for approval.
Step 3: DLC and branch managers of AGVB in the district will select the beneficiaries for this scheme.
Step 4: On receipt of the approval of the DLC, the proposal will be forwarded to the concerned Branch of AGVB for sanction of loan.
Step 5: Brach will scrutinize the proposal thoroughly for sanction of loan within 30 days.
Repayment of Sarothi Loan
The entrepreneur has to repay the entire credit amount, along with the interest amount, within 5 years. The facility for repaying the credit amount in EMIs is available under this scheme.
In case the beneficiary fails to make the EMI, then the corresponding bank will charge a penalty at a rate of 2% every year.