Agartala, January 10, 2023: To empower MSMEs in the NER, the government has spearheaded various initiatives. The Ministry of MSME has organised the Regional Conference on Sustainable Development of MSMEs in North-East Region at Agartala, Tripura on 9th and 10th January 2023. The conference was presided by Union Minister for MSME Shri Narayan Rane, along with Chief Minister of Tripura, Prof. (Dr.) Manik Saha, and Union Minister of State Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma at Pragna Bhawan in collaboration with the State Government and active participation of MSME and KVIC.
The Conference showcased launch of various initiatives of the Ministry of MSME, Government of India (GoI), and the State Government of Tripura. Launch of RAMP (Raising and Accelerating MSME Performance), Linking of NER Portal under Udyam Shakti, Inauguration of the Gomati City Gas Project, Inauguration of West Tripura Bamboo Mat Cluster under SFURTI scheme and Inauguration of new building of KVIC (Khadi & Village Industries Commission) & TKVIB (Tripura Khadi & Village Industries Board) were few of the activities planned for the conference. The conference will provide a platform for aspiring/existing entrepreneurs to interact with Government departments from Central and State governments, CPSEs and Industry Associations, working continuously towards the development of MSMEs in India.
Briefing the Media at Agartala, senior officials of MSME gave details regarding inclusive growth for which the Ministry of MSME implements various schemes to promote entrepreneurship in India providing handholding support to MSMEs through various interventions catering to every segment of society. “Promotion of MSMEs in NER & Sikkim” is a dedicated scheme providing financial support for infrastructure development for MSMEs. Till date Rs 140 crore has been released. Under PMEGP (Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme) 1.14 Lakh micro units have been assisted leading to generation of 7.6 Lakh jobs. MSME Cluster Development Programme has led to the completion of 29 projects since its inception, Rs 135.45 Crore has been released by Government. Total of 85 clusters, benefitting the local artisans have been approved under “SFURTI (Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries)”. Till date 2.7 Lakh enterprises from NER have registered themselves on Udyam Portal giving employment to 23 Lakh people.
Invitees/Participation of Guests:
(i) Shri Narayan Rane – Hon’ble Union Minister of MSME
(ii) Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Hon’ble MOS, MSME
(iii) Shri Saurav Pahari, Chairman, Tea Board
(iv) Shri Manoj Kumar, Chairman, KVIC
(v) Shri Medo Yhokha, Advisor to Hon’ble CM, Nagaland
(vi) Shri B.B. Swain, Secretary, MSME, Government of India
(vii) Shri H.K. Sarma, Secretary, Industries, Sikkim
(viii) Shri Vipul Goel, Joint Secretary, MSME, Gol
(ix) Smt Mercy Epao, Joint Secretary, MEME, Gol
(x) Shri Vinit Kumar, CEO, KVIC
From State Government Hon’ble Chief Minister, Hon’ble Minister (I&C), Chief Secretary other
Secretaries were in attendance. In addition, other senior officials from Central Government, State Government and North-Eastern states also participated in this event. Also, CEOs of more than twenty companies attended the CEOs Conference on 9th January 2023 at Pragna Bhawan, as a part of this programme.
Vendor Development Programme cum Exhibition
Jointly organized by MSME Development and Facilitation Office, Agartala
Ministry of MSME
Government of India and GAIL (India) Ltd.
Venue: Pragna Bhavan, Agartala
The Vendor Development Programme cum Exhibition was one of the many events within the conference, that was held on 9th January 2023 in Pragna Bhavan.
ONGC ED Asset Manager, Tripura, Shri Tarun Malik spoke about enrolment of small businesses with ONGC and the GEM platform to benefit and uphold the MSME portfolio of Tripura. ONGC is the top GEM purchaser across India, topping purchases worth Rs. 3807 Crores.
GAIL India Chief Manager, Shri Rajesh Debbarma reinstated the set guidelines of PSU companies being followed by GAIL. GAIL has had business purchases worth over Rs. 14 Crores in 2021-2022. GAIL also encourages startup businesses and is keen to increase their purchases from startup businesses. He reassured the support given by the platform to the smaller businesses who seek funding and turnover assistances during their early phases.
Comdt. Chatter Singh, Assam Rifle spoke about assistance and guidance to businesses to enroll with the GEM platform, assuring continued purchases from the GEM enrolled businesses by the Assam Rifles.
Nurturing the MSME sector is important for the economic well-being of the nation. MoMSME is consistently working to empower MSMEs for sustainable growth and to become compatible in the global value chain. This conference will help MSMEs of Tripura and other North-Eastern States to expand their horizons by incorporating new ideas as they become aware of the various interventions given by the Government.