Saturday, October 8, 2022

MSME ministry to focus on benchmark for MSEs in NE: MoS

Union minister of state for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma on Friday said that his ministry is focusing on creating a benchmark for MSEs in northeastern region. The Union minister who was in the state on his official visit today chaired a national SC/ST hub conclave held in Churachandpur district headquarters.
The conclave was organized by the Union ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises at EBC Gospel Centenary Hall at New Lamka of Churachandpur district headquarters.
Earlier, in his inaugural address, Verma said that the Centre was actively engaged in spearheading various initiatives for the overall inclusive development of enterprises across the country.
“Our focus is to create a benchmark for MSEs in northeastern region by scaling it up to new heights in terms of exports, quality of products, contribution to GDP and providing world-class infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology to all,” he said. The Union minister expressed confidence in the people of Manipur and said that through the conclave, SC/ST entrepreneurs will explore innovative ideas and mutual business opportunities, and avail various benefits from the scheme.
He said that in a small state like Manipur where there are no big industries, MSME has a big role to play in employment generation.
He said nurturing the MSME sector was important for the economic well-being of the nation and , adding that the Centre was consistently working to empower MSMEs for sustainable growth and to become compatible in the global value chain.
The conclaves held on Friday aimed to assist SC/ST MSMEs to expand their horizons by incorporating new ideas as they become aware of the various interventions given by the government, Verma said
State textile, commerce and industries minister Nemcha Kipgen who also attended the inauguration function was optimistic that the conclave will improve the lives of many people belonging to SC/ST communities and play an integral role in the development of the state and the country’s economy. The conclave attended by top ranking officials of various bank and line departments of the state government among others aimed to promote entrepreneurship and make development reach all sections of society, especially the marginalized groups, including SC/ST entrepreneurs. The NSSH is currently offering various industry specific training, business orientation programmes, knowledge sessions on E-tendering, GeM, etc. to develop technical and business skills of SC-ST MSEs in close partnership with industry and academia.Some of the courses being offered by the Hub include digital marketing, CNC operator, mobile repairing, security alarm and smoke detector, refrigeration and air-conditioning, tool design, web designing, etc.
The Hub has provided capacity building training in various sectors to 31,350 SC/ST candidates through 45 different training institutions at 162 locations in 26 states and UTs across the country, said Mercy who is the joint secretary of Union ministry of MSME.
Presentation of successful stories of SC-ST entrepreneurs, highlighting and creating awareness on various Central and state government sponsored schemes for SC-STs by resource persons and officials of the concerned departments were the highlights of the conclave.