Imphal: Union minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME), Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma on Friday assured all possible assistance from his ministry in the economic development of ST and SC categories in Manipur.
Addressing at the inaugural session of a national SC-ST Hub (NSSH) mega conclave in Manipur’s Churachandpur district, Verma said that Manipur has a great potential for employment generation through MSME.
“Despite no large-scale industries, the state is compatible with highly profitable and small-scale industries. The state has high potential for the MSME sector,” he also said.
He added that the Union MSME is also focusing on states like Manipur where there is no big industry which can employ a large number of people.
Verma then said that the MSME ministry is targeting to enhance its contribution in the GDP of the country from present 30 to 50 per cent and employment generation in MSME to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India the top economy of the world in future.
The Union minister further said that the constant efforts are being made towards uplliftment of MSMEs through various schemes for infrastructure development, credit and financial assistance, technology up-gradation, skill development along with inclusion of a large number of business units and exporters under the “Self-reliant India” initiative of the Central government.
Verma then urged the cluster groups to take the benefits of the various programmes taken up by his ministry to strengthen Small and Medium enterprises in the state.
He assured that his ministry will extend its support to those organizations interested in forming such cluster groups to promote medium and small enterprises.
The conclave hosted by the Union ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) was held at EBC Gospel Centenary Hall at New Lamka, Churachandpur.
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 across 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, 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 joint secretary Mercy of Union ministry of MSME.
Presentation of successful stories of SC-ST entrepreneurs and highlighting and creating awareness on various Central and state government sponsored schemes for the SC-STs by resource persons and officials of the concerned departments were the highlights of the conclave.