Assistance to SC/ST Entrepreneurs
The Plan Scheme of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
Development Organisation (MSME-DO) are promotional in nature and are mainly
intended to prove a wide range of services and facilities required for
accelerating the growth of small scale industries in the country. The major
activities, in this regard, include identification and motivation of prospective
entrepreneurs, training of entrepreneurs and their workers with a view
to improve their skills in the management and production, providing consultancy
services in technical, managerial, economic and their aspects of managing
the industries, providing facilities for tooling, common processing and
testing, and assistance by giving information and intelligence in the marketing
and other spheres of activities. Special efforts have also been made to
induce greater motivation and encouragement to SC/ST persons for availing
the benefit, of these programmes in larger proportion. The steps taken,
in this regard, include the following.
Entrepreneurship Development Programmes
are being organised by the SISIs exclusively for weaker sections including
the persons belonging to SC/ST communities to motivate and equip them to
set up small scale industrial units. They have also been given special
performance in the selection of of candidates for training in various programmes
organised by SISIs.
The MSME-DO provides comprehensive consultancy services in technical,
managerial, economic and other disciplines. Such services are provided
mostly free of cost. Wherever, charges are leviable, the SC/ST entrepreneurs
are given 50% concession.
Regular and adhoc training programmes
are being organised by the Central Footwear and Training Centres for improving
the skills of traditional artisans engaged in the leather Industry.
Under the Rural Artisans Programme
guidelines were issued for the organisation of promotional schemes and
training programme for rural SC/ST Artisans with a view to improving techniques
and tools and setting them in their respective trades to enable them to
upgrade level of skills and earnings.