Union minister of state for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma on Friday inaugurated a national SC-ST Hub (NSSH) mega conclave in Manipur’s Churachandpur district.
The programme was organized by the Union ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises at EBC Gospel Centenary Hall, Tedim Road, Hebron Veng, New Lamka.
In his address at the inaugural session of the conclave, the Union minister 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 remarked that despite lacking large-scale industries, Manipur is unsurprisingly compatible with highly profitable, small-scale industries. The state has high potential for the MSME sector.
He 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.
He 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 “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.
Manipur textile, commerce and industries minister Nemcha Kipgen who also attended the inauguration function assured all possible help from the Manipur government’s side while availing the benefits of the various schemes of the Union minister of MSME.
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, 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 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.