On 30th AUGUST, 2001, the Home Minister Shri L.K.Advani inaugurated the web portal of the Small Industries Development Organisation (MSME-DO) to provide on line connectivity of MSME-DO with promotional Organisations like NSIC, TBSE etc. The portal is hosted at www.dcmsme.gov.in / www.dcmsme.gov.in and hosts extensive static, dynamic and interactive content. The Hon’ble Home Minister also released special publications brought out for the purpose.
The programme started with the SSI Song followed by a laser show. The theme of the Convention was Development and Promotion of Small Scale Industries in the North Eastern Region. A special display of the products manufactured by Small Scale Industrial Units from seven North Eastern States were displayed. In his inaugural address Shri Advani stressed the need for restructuring the SSI Sector and be prepared to face the new realities in the National and International economy, specially in the context of WTO. The Small Scale Units are required to increase the efficiency of their production and marketing to reduce the cost and to improve the quality and range of their products so as to be able to compete with the imported products.