This Article is From Jul 12, 2014

Government Planning Incubation Centres to Boost Sector: MSME Secretary

Ahmedabad: The government is planning to launch district-level incubation centres across the country to revitalise the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector and encourage entrepreneurship as per the Budgetary provision, a senior bureaucrat said in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

"The Budget (2014-15) gave an indication for the MSMEs growth. We are planning to start district-level incubation centres in which people will come and learn to start new enterprises," MSME Secretary Madhav Lal said in Ahmedabad.

Addressing an event organised by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI) on 'MSME Growth Engine', Mr Lal also rolled out the Centre's plan to boost growth of the sector.

"An announcement was also made in the Budget to form a committee for the financial architecture for MSMEs. Now, we will talk with the concerned stake-holders to take forward the SMEs growth, and it is likely to be completed within next three or four months," he told reporters later.

While presenting the Budget on Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had unveiled a slew of measures to revive MSMEs while laying thrust on promotion of start-ups and announced a venture capital fund with a corpus of Rs 10,000 crore.

Mr Lal said that the MSME Ministry will also launch "virtual clusters" to ensure easy accessibility.

"We are to launch virtual clusters so that a person can approach the MSME Ministry from anywhere to get the best professional advice."

However, the secretary said that the ministry is encountering difficulties in procuring machinery needed for running incubation centres.

"We need machines in incubation centres to train the people associated with agro, food or embroidery products. We (MSME Ministry) had faced some difficulties while purchasing machines," Mr Lal added.

"I did not know it was so difficult to purchase machines as we were informed that it will take three months," he said, adding that the Centre's roadmap for the sector is very progressive.

"Our road-map is very progressive. We have to work very closely with the state governments and local associations to see the betterment of the sector."

Earlier in the programme, 20 mini-clusters were rewarded with a certificate of recognition by Mr Lal.

While eight of these clusters are from the pilot phase, seven are under the Upscaled Lean Manufacturing Competitiveness Scheme (LMCS), and five new clusters from GCCI.

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