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New policy on Women Entrepreneurs will benefit Women in MSME sector : Subhash Desai

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MSME’s play a vital role in contribution to the economic growth of the country and job creation, the State Government is fully committed to extending all round support to MSME’s said Mr Subhash Desai, Hon’ble Industries Minister of Maharashtra while delivering a special address during the CII MSME Summit in Mumbai . He added that MSMEs contribute more than 40% to the National exports and this is growing year on year, making this sector a vital one and a sector that cannot be ignored. Mr Desai also said that the state government has a goal to double exports in international trade in the next 3 years and this cannot be achieved without the contribution of MSMEs. Speaking on the proactive policy framework that the state Government has implemented and continues to bring in, the Industries Minister said that on the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) front, the no. of permissions has been significantly reduced. He added that the State government had passed a specific resolution to reserve 20% plots in every industrial estate for MSMEs. A decision has been taken for the creation of readymade units in these areas to enable startups and MSMEs to readily occupy and immediately start production, giving priority to MSMEs. The MUDRA scheme and Digital India are other initiatives which are benefitting MSME’s.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Western Region in partnership with the Government of Maharashtra organized the “CII MSME Summit” in Mumbai. This year, the theme of the summit was “Boosting MSME Exports: In Volume, Diversity and Reach”. CII has undertaken several initiatives to strengthen the MSME segment by organizing interactive platforms such as workshops, Factory visits, buyer- seller meets and recognizing excellence through awards. The Summit aimed at highlighting the role of the government, private sector and all other shareholders in ensuring robust growth in MSME Exports across three baskets – volume, diversity and reach.

Hon’ble Minister pointed out that nearly 70% micro and small enterprises find it difficult to sustain after the first year. The venture capital fund started together with the support of SIDBI has been a boon for MSME’s in providing ready funding and there are also plans for a scale up.

Talking about his recent visit to the Bombay Stock Exchange(BSE) for an interaction, he learnt that more than 300 MSMEs have been listed in the capital market, and this listing has enabled them to get more support than they had expected. Speaking on the recent policy announced by the State Govt. for Women Entrepreneurs, he said that the subsidy given on interest will be a boon for women entrepreneurs and this will enable their capabilities. More FSI will be given to developers in Cities who will reserve a portion for women entrepreneurs.

Speaking on key sectors that MSMEs can explore, Mr Desai pointed out that the Textile sector is a promising sector. The State Government aims to develop 10 textile parks, one of which is already functional in Amravati. Citing the success of the textile park at Amravati where an ecosystem of large industries co exits with smaller players, he pointed out that this initiative would ensure that there would be value addition to the cotton production in the state along the entire value chain from farm-fabric-fashion route. A decision has been taken to set up these parks only in Cotton growing regions like Marathwada & Vidarbha thus passing on the benefit to farmers. This will also ensure that value addition will continue to stay in the state. His wish was to take the ‘Make in India’ label to the world and that Indian made apparels & garments make its presence in the markets in the world. MSME’s will be an important role in making this dream a reality.

Another focus sector for MSME’s is the Agro & Agro Food processing sector. Maharashtra is the largest producer & exporter of key fruits like oranges, mangoes, however the post-harvest value chain needs to strengthened. This area of processing of fruits can be exploited by MSMEs. There is a need for more agri processing units. The Government of India has launched a policy on Integrated Food Processing Parks. Mr Desai urged MSME’s to focus here. He also pointed out that India has the advantage of Demographic Dividend and going forward MSME’s will play a key role as job creators.He underlined his wish to see MSMEs not only at the bottom of the pyramid but also at the top of the pyramid.

Mr Harshdeep Kamble, Development Commissioner – Industries, Government of Maharashtra in his address said that MSME’s will be key contributors to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s ‘ Make in India’ initiative and create visible impact. Sharing statistics on MSME’e, he said that there are atleast 35 Lac MSME units registered in the state, however the actual figure is much higher(around 2.5 Million units). He requested CII to get more MSME units to register. MSME’s contribute more than 40% in exports, nationally, indicating their significant contribution. He added that the Regulatory environment in Maharashtra is very friendly and that assured that the Government will go that extra mile to facilitate the growth of MSME’s. Mr Kamble said that the recent policy announced for women entrepreneurs will be a paradigm shift by providing subsidy in interest to women entrepreneurs. The State Government is also looking at amendments in its policies on Aerospace, Logistics & Biotechnology to benefit MSMEs, boost exports and increase employment opportunities. He requested CII to give inputs that will help MSME’s.

Mr Milind Kamble, Chairman DICCI said that Maharashtra has a vibrant leadership which has a keen focus on MSME’s.  He lauded the single window system’ Maitri’ set up by the Government which has contributed immensely in improving the Ease of Doing Business and addressing investor greviences. He said that there are 6 Crore MSME’s in the country and their contribution to the nations development cannot be undermined. He also added that the segment on Nano Entrepreneurs is fast building, this segment accounts for nearly 7 Crore. Together MSME’s and Nano entrepreneurs are making a significant contribution to self-employment and entrepreneurship in the country. Mr Kamble said that the State Government has a strong industrial policy and also said that there is a good policy to promote SC/STs. He said that DICCI is a partner to CII in Affirmative Action.

Air Vice Marshall M Baladitya, Chairman, Board of Administration & General Manager, Canteen Stores Department in his address said that MSME’s are proving to be the single largest contributor to providing employment to the teeming millions in the country.  Speaking on his organization, he said that there are 34 depots in the country. He urged MSME’s to make good use of this opportunity. With 4500 outlets, the annual turnover of the Canteen Stores is upward of 18 crores. He added that they have stringent norms when sealing deals with companies as their aim is to provide the best possible items at best prices to the armed forces. Due to their stringent norms they have loyal customers and MSMEs play a vital role in their dealings with over 93 MSMEs doing business with them. Mr Baladitya added that he is open to relaxing procurement norms in his dealing with MSMEs as they are looking at forging long lasting and beneficial partnerships with MSMEs. He urged MSMEs to explore working with the Canteen Stores and doing their bit to serve the nation.

India is uniquely positioned to be a global manufacturing hub and MSME’s have a key role to play said Mr Rishi Bagla, Chairman, CII Maharashtra State Council & Director, OMR Bagla Automotive Systems India Ltd. Reiterating that CII has been a strong partner in hand holding MSME’s at every stage of their growth, he spoke on few key initiatives that have been started by CII namely : the CII – Avantha Centre for Competitiveness with a national footprint is a single point of reference for SME development; The CII SME Finance Facilitation Centre serves as a one- stop- shop, aggregating financing options from multiple large financial institutions; Mentoring and hand holding of MSME’s by experienced CEO’s from large organizations through the CII Startup Mentorship circle. CII has also launched SME Compliance & Advisory services for MSME’s which is a cost effective advisory service to help MSME members to become more complaint. He also acknowledged the unflinching support extended by the Government to all CII initiatives at all times.

Mr K Nandakumar, Convenor – CII Maharashtra State Panel on SME’s & Entrepreneurship Development & Chairman & Managing Director, Chemtrols Industries Pvt Ltd in his concluding Remarks acknowledged that MSMEs are the backbone and brain of the Industrial development. He encouraged members to use CII services and said that MSME’s must use the CII platform for growth prospects. He thanked the state government for being a proactive partner in the growth story of MSME’s and supporting CII in all its endeavours.

The Panel Discussion on “Broadening MSME Networks” showcased industry leaders who started small but went on to expand their business rapidly. The session was moderated by Mr Nitin Deveshwar, Managing Director, ESMS (I) Pvt Ltd.

The next session on “Integrating MSMEs to Global Value Chains” saw industry experts discussing on how MSMEscan do business with Global Players and be a part of their value chain. Mr Robin Banerjee, Managing Director, Caprihans India Pvt Ltd moderated a panel of industry experts.

A special session on “Ease of Doing Business Clinic” was organized which highlighted the various initiatives by State Government on the Ease of Doing Business front. The session was moderated by Mr K Nandakumar. Mr Vikas Jain, Additional Director, Industries spoke on the various policies and schemes of the State Government for enabling Ease of Doing Business(EODB). Senior Government officials from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation(MIDC), Labour Department, MAITRI and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board(MPCB) were present and interacted with members on specific issues.

A session on Buyer Seller Meet with Public Sector Undertakings(PSU) and Large Corporate Companies moderated by Mr Sandeep Nagori, Convenor- CII Maharashtra Buyer- Seller Meet and Partner, Komal Enterprise served as a platform for MSMEs to interact with Public Sector Undertakings and large corporates to analyse their individual needs.

Buyer-Seller Meets were organized in the following sectors: Defence & Aerospace; Public Sector Enterprises and large corporates to connect buyers from public sector and private corporate sector to prospective MSME vendors. Companies participating were Siemens Ltd, Konkan Railways, Central Railway, Godrej Aerospace & Garden Reach Shipbuilders.

The session also saw the announcement of the winners of the 12th edition of Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Excellence Awards. In the Manufacturing sector (Large category) the first place winner was Essar Oil Limited, Petroleum Oil Refining – Jamnagar. The Winner in the Small Category was Hi-Mak Private Limited, Vadodara. Larsen & Toubro Limited, SSNNL SBC Project, Surendranagar was declared the winner in the Service sector(Large) category. The top 3 winners in each category were felicitated by the Honb’le Industries Minister of Maharashtra.

The session was well attended by MSME participants from across sectors.

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