Equity Grant Fund
The Equity Grant Fund (EGF) enables eligible Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) to receive a grant equivalent in amount to the equity contribution of their shareholder members in the FPC, thus enhancing the overall capital base of the FPC. The Scheme shall address nascent and emerging FPCs, which have paid up capital not exceeding Rs. 30 lakh as on the date of application.
The Equity Grant shall be sanctioned to eligible FPCs as follows:
a) Individual Shareholder - Rs 1000.00
b) Group of Individual Shareholders (e.g. SHG, Farmer Interest Group, Joint Liability Groups of Farmers) –Number of Members multiplied by Rs. 1,000.00, subject to a maximum of Rs. 20,000.00
c) Institutional Shareholders (Farmer Producer Companies) – Rs. 1, 00,000.00
It shall be implemented from the Financial Year (FY) 2013-14 onwards.
The EGF shall be operated by Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC).
a) On receipt of the sanctioned Equity Grant amount, the FPC shall allot additional shares to its shareholder members on the basis specified in the Scheme within the 45 day time-line.
b) The FPC shall communicate to SFAC the details of additional share certificates issued by it to members against the Equity Grant received.
c) SFAC shall be authorised to examine the accounts of the recipient and supporting documents at any time during the period of its Agreement with FPC. The recipient agrees to provide all relevant information or explanations that SFAC may reasonably request.
d) In support of the above commitments, the FPC shall enter into an Agreement with SFAC before the Equity Grant can be disbursed.
e) In case of any transgression or noncompliance by the FPC of the Terms and Conditions of the Agreement, SFAC shall recall the Equity Grant and the FPC shall be bound to comply with the same, failing which SFAC shall take recourse to legal action within the purview of the Scheme.
Compliance & Verification
The FPC shall submit the following documents to SFAC:
In the event of violation of any of the terms and conditions herein contained or contained in the rules or any of the instructions issued by SFAC from time to time or instances of misuse/misappropriation of the Equity Grant sanctioned and released to FPC by SFAC, SFAC shall have the right to demand and enforce forthwith repayment of the entire amount of Equity Grant sanctioned by SFAC.
The Agreement between SFAC and the FPC is governed and construed according to the laws of India. ontroversies and claims arising out of/relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, shall be settled through Legal process or Arbitration at Delhi. However, before taking any legal action, the parties shall endeavour to mobilise all efforts and to enter into discussions in order to find a mutually acceptable settlement by direct negotiation.