CRISIL, SIDBI Launch India’s First MSE Sentiment Index

The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley launched CriSidEx , India’s first sentiment index for micro and small enterprises ( MSEs) developed jointly by CRISIL & SIDBI. CriSidEx is a composite index based on a diffusion index of 8 parameters and measures MSE business sentiment on a scale of 0 (extremely negative ) to 200 ( extremely positive) . The parametric feedback was captured through a survey of 1100 MSEs in November -December.

CriSidEx will have 2 indices , one for the ‘survey quarter’ and another for the ‘next quarter’ once a trend emerges after few rounds of the survey , providing independent time series data. Delivering his keynote address, the Finance Minister said that the health of MSME sector is extremely vital to the economy and with the number of steps taken by the government in the past 2 years , there is increased integration of MSME sector into formal economy. Highlighting significant role played by the MSME Sector in the creation of jobs , Shri Jaitley said MSME sector is backbone of the economy .

It is one of the largest employer in the country and with the vast population where employment either in government or in the large industry itself has limited potential . This is one sector where people not only exhibit their entrepreneurial skills , become part of large value chains but also become job creators in the process.

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