An interactive daylong Conference with State Ministers and Secretaries (Industries/ MSME) under the Chairmanship of Shri Kalraj Mishra, Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) was held here today. The conference discussed the State specific issues the implementation of key schemes and programmes of the Ministry of MSME.
Shri Kalraj Mishra in his address emphasized the crucial role played by MSMEs in the economic and social development of the country. He emphasized on skill for every hand and employment for every hand. He said that
the Sector contributes 8 per cent of the country’s GDP, 45 per cent of the manufactured output and 40 per cent of its exports. The MSMEs provide employment to about 60 million persons through 26 million enterprises. The employment potential is much higher than that in large industries.
Welcoming the State Ministers and Secretaries, the Minister said that
the Government is committed to the growth of MSME Sector. While the Ministry is making all out efforts to promote and develop this Sector, the support and cooperation of the States/ UTs is very much needed. In addition to implementation of the Schemes, the Ministry also needs States’ and UTs’ support and suggestions in policy making.
The Minister further added that
our first asset is skilled youth who have done Engineering, MBA, Polytechnic or ITI. In our country, about 16 lakh students pass out from such institutions every year. In this way, about 1.6 crore people have been trained technologically in the last 10 years. They are capable of setting up the enterprises provided they are given proper guidance. For this, States can play a vital role.
The Ministry informed under the Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme. Every year, collateral free loan of Rs. 20,000 crore is provided to about 14,000 entrepreneurs. Kerala and Chhattisgarh have taken a lead in this aspect. Shri Kalraj Mishra called upon the states to setup a mechanism for new entrepreneurs. He added of the states provide Rs. 100 crore for this, a collateral free loan of Rs.1000 crore can be made available through all banks.
The Minster also said that
our second asset is infrastructure specially industrial parks and estates located in the States. As per the information compiled, more than 40,000 industrial plots are lying vacant in the country. Also, more than 20,000 plots are lying vacant in the SEZs. We can succeed in setting up millions of new enterprises on these vacant plots by formulating appropriate policy. He informed that some states, particularly, Madhya Pradesh, have taken lead in this direction.
The Minister also said that the process of simplification of forms and online registration will prove to be an important step for setting up new enterprises in the country.
The Minister also highlighted some of the important initiatives of the Ministry- Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme, CLCSS, Cluster Development Scheme, National Manufacturing Competitiveness programme etc. and also outlined the 100 days initiatives of the Ministry.