MSME troubles | Small sector blues

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The MSME sector contributes 30 per cent to India’s GDP but delayed payments—courtesy public and private enterprises—have been its bane, impeding efforts to raise capital and scale up

Sonal Khetarpal

ISSUE DATE: Nov 20, 2023 | UPDATED: Nov 10, 2023 20:49 IST

Dressed in a white linen shirt, Dinesh Singhal, the founder of power transformers manufacturing company Kanohar Electricals, is carrying an unusual document, a copy of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. Ask him about it and he says, “A businessman cannot do business in India if he doesn’t know the law. I can recite the entire Indian Contract Act verbatim now.” The 67-year-old entrepreneur was in Delhi to attend a high court hearing in a case he had filed against the Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE). They had cancelled a railway electrification contract worth Rs 49 crore with his company after just nine months without even giving his firm a hearing. CORE has denied these statements, saying they were factually incorrect and claimed that both notices—of seven days and 48 hours—were given.

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