In collaboration with CSC SPV, HDFC Bank has unveiled the implementation of an overdraft facility for small retailers. According to the announcement made by the bank on July 26, 2021, the 'Dukandar Overdraft Scheme' would assist shopkeepers and merchants in alleviating financial distress. According to the news release of the bank "Retailers operating for a minimum of three years can avail the overdraft facility by providing 6 months bank statement from any bank. Based on the statement, the bank may approve an overdraft limit from a minimum of Rs 50,000 to a maximum of Rs 10 lakhs. No collateral security, business financials and income tax returns would be required to apply for this facility."
Retailers, shopkeepers and village level entrepreneurs are eligible for this facility. The bank has simplified the process by minimizing paperwork and time required to avail of the scheme. The new scheme has been created keeping in mind the current situation of small traders. The upper limit for shops operational for less than 6 years is Rs 7.5 lakhs and Rs 10 lakh for establishments which have been in business for more than 6 years, the bank has stated on its website.
.@HDFC_Bank launched 'Dukandar Overdraft Scheme', an overdraft facility for small retailers, in association with @CSCegov_, to support shopkeepers with finances. Read the #PressRelease here: https://t.co/EzizEfqUeG#CSC #VLE #DukandarOverdraftScheme @FinMinIndia pic.twitter.com/kQGZNWvisE— HDFC Bank News (@HDFCBankNews) July 27, 2021
Benefits and eligibility criteria of Dukandar Overdraft Scheme
According to the official website of HDFC Bank, the following are the benefits and eligibility criteria of the new overdraft facility:
Programme Benefits for Retailers:
- Collateral-free loan.
- No Commitment Charges.
Programme Benefits for VLEs:
- Commission of 0.40% to 0.80% for loan amounts of Rs 5 Lakhs and above.
- 1700+ emerging enterprise group business channel
- 600+ branches and virtual relationship management support.
- Only proprietor & business partners can apply for the overdraft facility
- Six-month statement from any bank required
- Should be a customer of the bank of which statement is furnished, for a minimum 15 months
"Over the past year, the global economy has had to contend with the unprecedented circumstances brought about by Covid19," said Ms. Smita Bhagat, Country Head - Government and Institutional Business, HDFC Bank. "The prevailing conditions have been particularly harsh on small businesses. HDFC Bank together with CSC has launched this initiative to sustain these small retailers, to help motivate them and create better business opportunities. We at HDFC Bank are trying to create supportive schemes to help businesses get back on their feet before the start of the festive season. The Dukandar Overdraft scheme for shopkeepers and village level entrepreneurs is a step in that direction. I am confident this will provide a much-needed relief to thousands of small traders."
Mr. Dinesh Tyagi, Managing Director, CSC SPV said, "The Dukandar Overdraft is a practical offering, specially during these difficult and uncertain times for small shopkeepers and businesses and our VLEs alike. This will help them tide through difficulties and bounce back as the country recovers from the economic impact of Covid."
According to the website of HDFC Bank "Current Account with overdraft facility is significantly an advantageous service offered by the bank. It aids the business owner in terms of cash flow to meet their daily working capital expenses. With the overdraft facility available through their Current Account, the account holder can settle the pending payments via cheques or pay-order in a trouble-free manner. This avoids a cheque dishonour and preserves the reputation of the business owner."
Regarding the same the bank has also announced via its Twitter handle that "HDFC Bank launched 'Dukandar Overdraft Scheme', an overdraft facility for small retailers, in association with @CSCegov_, to support shopkeepers with finances."