GUWAHATI: The Inter Media Publicity Coordination Committee (IMPCC) meeting for the month of April was held on Monday at the conference hall of National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC), Guwahati. The discussion in the meeting was aimed towards the role of NSIC for the development of MSMEs and its various schemes for the benefits of the enterprises including SC, ST and women entrepreneurs.
Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia, Director General, North East Zone, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, who is also the Chairman of IMPCC, Assam Chapter, chaired the meeting. Highlighting the significance of IMPCC meeting, Dhatwalia said in his address that all media units of the Ministry I & B, Central, and State Government departments are members of this Committee; and that they should assemble once in a month to share their works, experiences, and plans for publicity for the coming month. With the declaration of an election, all the publicity programmes of the Ministry are now focused on increasing voter’s participation in the election through SVEEP, he informed. The IMPCC meetings, as decided by the Ministry of I& B, are conducted on the first Monday of every month. In the eventuality of the day being a holiday, it is being held one day in advance or later, he added.
In a detailed presentation about goals, achievements and on-going activities of NSIC, it was informed to the members that with an aim to promote and support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Sector, NSIC is providing integrated support services encompassing marketing, technology, finance, and other services. In North Eastern states also, NSIC is supporting and assisting the MSMEs through Credit support, marketing support and skill development training to the unemployed youths through incubation training centre. It was also informed that National SC/ST Hub, an initiative of Ministry of MSME, was launched to provide professional support to SC-ST entrepreneurs to fulfill the objectives of 4% procurement from Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) as per the mandate of the Public Procurement Policy. The hub is providing handholding support to SC-ST MSEs through finance facilitation, e-tendering, support, etc. In the financial year 2018-19, till date, procurement from 1,720 SC/St owned MSEs stood at Rs 488.15 Crore, out of total procurement of Rs 24,918 Crore from 62,008 MSEs. At present procurement of SC-ST MSEs is 0.52% of total procurement as compared to 0.48% of total procurement in the financial year 2017-18.
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