The Government of India has enacted the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006 in terms of which the definition of micro, small and medium enterprises is given below.
A micro enterprise is an enterprise where investment in plant and machinery does not exceed Rs. 25 lakh, for micro service less than Rs. 10 lakh.
A small enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in plant and machinery is more than Rs. 25 lakh but does not exceed Rs. 5 crore, for small service between Rs. 10 lakh to Rs 2 Crore.
A medium enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in plant and machinery is more than Rs.5 crore but does not exceed Rs.10 crore, for medium service between Rs 2 core to Rs. 5 crore.
MSME meaning Micro Small and Medium Enterprisesas defined under MSME development Act 2006.
MSME registration is the procedure to get your firm registered under MSME development Act for SME benefits.
There is no difference between MSME, SSI & Udyog Aadhar. There are all one and the same.
The validation of a PRC is for 5 years and if the unit is still not under operational then you may still re-apply for it. As soon as you start with your operations, you can easily apply for the Permanent License.
Many state government prefers enterprises which are registered under MSMED Act. Subsidy such as on power, taxes, and much more is offered by state governments. In most of the states, sales tax exemption is provided purchase preferences is given on goods produced. The enterprise may also relish excise exemption scheme and exemption from certain direct taxes in the initial years of your business.
As said above, SSI/MSME registration is totally voluntary. Businessmen and entrepreneurs usually get this done to utilize the advantages offered under it. The registration process is quite easy and simple. You can easily avail it (provided you have a manufacturing plant or a commercial space where you render services), many businesses opt for it over other registrations.