To provide self-employment opportunities and uplift the youth and Farmers of the country, the Government of Pakistan has introduced a low cost financing scheme under the banner of Prime Minister’s Youth Business & Agriculture Loan Scheme (PMYB & ALS). The scheme offers subsidized loans to meet long-term and short-term financing needs.
Long-term /Working capital loan requirement including leasing/ financing of locally manufactured vehicles for commercial use (only one vehicle per borrower)
All citizens of Pakistan holding CNIC, aged between 21 and 45 years with entrepreneurial potential are eligible.
For IT/E-Commerce related businesses, the lower age limit will be 18 years and at least matriculation or equivalent education will be required. Above age condition is applicable on individuals and sole proprietors. In case of all other forms of business including partnerships and limit companies, only one of the owners, partners or directors must be in the age bracket prescribed above
Small and Medium Enterprises (startups and existing businesses) owned by youth as per above mentioned age brackets are also eligible.
The scheme is available in three tiers with the following main features:
|Tiers||Amount (PKR)||Pricing||Minimum Equity Requirement (for startups only)||Security|
|Tier-2||Above Rs 0.5 million and up to Rs 1.5 million||5%||90:10||Personal guarantee|
|Tier-3||Above Rs 1.5 million and up to Rs 7.5 million||7%||80:20||Collateral as per bank’s credit policy|
* Vehicle(s) financed under T2 & T3 to serve as collateral
* For Existing Businesses: Nil Equity Requirements for all tiers
This is to inform you that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will include two years’ history of negative / overdue information (including but not limited to overdue payments, late payments, write-off or reversal of mark-up etc.) in eCIB. You are, therefore, advised to ensure timely payment of your instalment/ Markup to avoid any adverse information being reported or reflected on your e-CIB
A:Clarification: As per IH&SMEFD Circular No 12 of 2022 (Sr. No. 10 of key features of PMYB&ALS), a customer may avail two loans (one short term and one long term) simultaneously within the overall financing limit of PKR 7.5 million. Thus, two loans may be availed at the same time.
A:Clarification: The mark-up will be charged separately on both short term and long term loans as per respective loan tier.
A:Clarification: Wholesale lenders will submit their own as well as their MFPs subsidy claims to DFSD, SBP BSC. DFSD will make payment of subsidy claims including the amount of MFPs to wholesale lenders after release of subsidy by the Finance Division. Thereafter, wholesale lenders will make subsidy payment to MFPs
A:Clarification: As per the IH&SMEFD Circular No 12 of 2022, (Sr. No. 10 of key features of PMYB&ALS), tenor of T1 loans will be up to 3 years and repayment will be in equal monthly installments. However, in case of crop loans, tenor will be up to 1 year and repayment will be lump sum on or before maturity, tied-up with the crop cycle. Regarding T2 & T3 loans, there is no such restriction regarding loan repayment. Further, markup subsidy on all loans will be calculated on outstanding balance at respective month end.
A:Clarification: Wholesale lenders and MFPs will sign agreements containing detailed terms and conditions regarding the provision of wholesale funding. MFPs will finalize the list of approved applications and request wholesale lenders to release the funds for making disbursement to borrowers. MFPs will make funding request to wholesale lenders after approving applications amounting to Rs 50 million or higher as per their agreement. Wholesale lenders will release funds to MFPs on next working day after receiving funding request. MFPs are allowed a grace period of 7 days from the date of receiving funds from the wholesale lenders for disbursement to the approved applicants. In case, MFPs are unable to disburse wholesale funds to the approved applicants within 7 days, the wholesale lenders may recover their cost of funds as per their agreement with MFPs.
A:Clarification: The repayment schedule of wholesale funding will be agreed between MFPs and the wholesale lenders. However, for funding costs and cash flow management, a grace period of upto 7 days is allowed between repayments from clients to MFPs.
A:Clarification: The loans will be categorized as Regular, OAEM, Substandard, Doubtful and Loss as per relevant SBP’s Prudential Regulations in case of financing by Executing Agencies (EAs) i.e. banks and MFBs regulated by SBP. Similarly, in case of SECP regulated EAs i.e. MFIs, Non-Banking Finance Companies & Notified Entities Regulations, 2008 of SECP shall apply
If the status of loan is classified as “Loss”, then EAs will stop claiming “service charges subsidy” onwards for that particular borrower.
A:Clarification: As per approved features of the PMYB&ALS, grace period of upto one year is allowed under T2 and T3 loans. However, there is no such mandatory grace period requirement for T1 loans, hence, the matter of grace period under T1 may be mutually agreed by the EAs and the borrowers.
A:Clarification: EMI stands for Equal Monthly Installment. EMI arrangement allows the borrowers to repay the same amount every month.
A:Clarification: One applicant can upload maximum two applications against his/her CNIC/SNIC.
A:Clarification: EAs are allowed to assist applicants in applying for the loan under PMYB&ALS.
A:Clarification: Relevant Regulations of SBP/SECP will be applicable as per type of loan i.e. Micro/SE/ME or Agriculture. However, in case of any difference, instructions mentioned in the PMYB&ALS circular/circular letters will prevail.
A:Clarification: Debt swap under the scheme will defeat the objective. Main aim of PMYB&ALS is socioeconomic uplift of MSME & agriculture sectors, generation of economic activity and additional employment opportunities. Thus, debt swap of outstanding credit facilities of existing customers is not permissible under PMYB&ALS.
A:Clarification: Age criteria is for the eligibility of applicant at the time of submission of application only. The scheme does not impose any limitation on loan tenor with respect to age of the applicant afterwards.
A:Clarification: The scheme provides funded loan facilities only; hence, non-funded facilities do not fall under the purview of PMYB&ALS.
A:Clarification: Yes, any vehicle which can be used for business purposes may be financed under the scheme.
A:Clarification: Disbursements can be made to the borrower or to the supplier as per the agreement between the bank and the borrower.
A:Clarification: A person being guarantor for loans to other person under PMYB&ALS cannot apply for the loan under the scheme.
A:Clarification: The loan under PMYB&ALS can be disbursed in tranches up to the amount approved by the bank and there is no restriction on the number of tranches that can be disbursed.
A:Clarification: There is no minimum amount of loan under Tier 1 and financing is allowed up to maximum limit of PKR 0.5 million as per business needs of customer.