SC/ST MSMEs Gets Attention at the Policy Making

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Guidelines for SC/ST Hub issued by Ministry of MSME

NEW DELHI, 28th JULY 2016: Government has issued guidelines related to setting up of the National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Hub to provide professional support to entrepreneurs coming from such communities.

"The scheme is proposed to be applicable from the date of sanction till March 31, 2020. Total project cost is proposed to be is Rs 490 crore for the period from 2016-17 to 2019-20," MSME of Ministry stated in an official memorandum.

In this regard a meeting had taken place with the Principal Secretary to PM Nripendra Misra, Amitabh Kant CEO,NITI Aayog and MSME Secretary KK Jalan where DICCI had mentioned its concern to the Prime Minister Office (PMO).

Milind Kamble, President of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI) quoted that this the scheme would be implemented by the Ministry of MSME through National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a public sector undertaking under its administrative control. After six months the hub will be reviewed. If some problems would be seen then scope of corrections are there.

The MSME Ministry said in a release that the objective of the announcement clearly is to promote "enterprise culture" amongst the SC / ST population. This would also enable Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) us to fulfil the target, which the Government has kept for procurement by them. It has been laid down in the Public Procurement Policy 2012 that 20% of 20% i.e. 4% of procurement shall be done by Ministries, Departments and CPSEs from the enterprises owned by SC / ST. In addition, the Hub would also enable the Government to develop entrepreneurship among SC/ST population, which at present, is at very low level.

The Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small Enterprises Order, 2012 of the Government of India provides that 20% of total procurement of goods and services by Central Ministries and CPSEs shall be made from the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). 20% of such procurement from MSEs, i.e 4% of total procurement of goods and services shall be made from Micro and Small Enterprises owned by SC & ST entrepreneur.