|SMALL SCALE INDUSTRIES|
|Small industry cannot be protected permanently:
Finance Minister Shri Yashwant Sinha has suggested a national debate on SSI reservations policy to find out the extent to which protection is actually helping the sector. He had, he said, come across several small units which did not have any protection but were nonetheless producing sophisticated items and selling them successfully. "We have to understand that we cannot sleep with the sheet of protection wrapped around us for much longer and therefore should make adequate preparations." The government was not thinking of immediately stripping the small sector of all protection and accepted that it should get some protection till it gets used to open competition. Protection has to be temporary and not permanent.
Bank Finance to small industry
LUB in talks with ILO for SSI training programme
According to LUB's national President (also Vice President COSIDICI) Shri Sudarshan Sareen, the small sector in India had not geared up enough to face the marketing challenges thrown up by the era of liberalisation.
The training programmes would help the small sector to deal with the requirements of marketing ignored earlier and enable them to retain their competitiveness.
Information Technology is another field where Shri Sareen feels that the small sector needs to be trained. "Advertising on the internet is much cheaper than advertising on television or journals."
LUB also plans to create Information Centres throughout the country which would keep the SSIs informed on all relevant policy changes taking place in the country.
Yet another study on SSIs : Medium Scale
to be defined
The group is to be headed by Shri S. P. Gupta, Member of the Planning Commission, Secretary Small Scale (Gol), Dr. Rakesh Mohan, Director General, NCEAR and Dr. Sailendra Narain, MD, SIDBI. The latter two were also the members of the Abid Hussain Committee (Dr. Rakesh Mohan being its Member Secretary).
SSI scenario in Karnataka
There is also a considerable spread in the
distribution of small scale industries in the State. Of the 2.23 lakh units,
about 50,000 are located in Bangalore. Backward areas such as Mysore (20,000
units), Belgaum (21,226 units), Dharwad (18,428 units) etc have a fair
share of such units Even district of Bidar which was declared a non-industry
district and had very few industries till the early eighties, has today
about 5064 SSIs registered in it. The continuous growth of SSIs in Karnataka
can be broadly attributed to the following factors :
The SSI units in Karanataka are engaged in
the manufacture of textiles, leather based products, metal products, etc.
The state government has taken steps to upgrade
technology in the SSI sector. It has promoted infrastructure in the form
of Software Technology Park, for boosting software industry.
KVIC to launch Sarvodaya brand village industry products
The Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will launch Sarvodaya brand village industry products. To begin with, Honey, Pickles and Agarbatti will be launched as village industry products under Sarvodaya brand at four places, at Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Ernakulam.
The launch of Sarvodaya brand of village industry products by KVIC follows the recommendations by an Expert Committee on marketing constituted by the Commission. The Sarvodaya, as an umbrella brand has been registered for various village industry products. The marketing of Sarvodaya brand village industry products by KVIC is expected to step up employment in the North-East and other economically backward areas.
National awards for small scale entrepreneurs
SIDBI REPORT ON SMALL SCALE SECTOR -1999
Notwithstanding the phenomenal growth achieved by this sector, there has been a perceptional gap in the dissemination of information relating to the actual status, problems and prospects of the SSI sector through any single source. The financial institutions, government agencies, research bodies and individuals had to struggle a lot in obtaining authentic information relating to the various schemes of incentives and financial assistance available from central government, state governments etc. for the setting up these industries.
It is gratifying that SIDBI has published a comprehensive report on SSI sector titled 'SIDBI Report on Small Scale Sector-1999. The publication of this report is a pioneering attempt on the part of SIDBI to fulfil this long-felt need of the individuals and institutions engaged in the development of this sector. SIDBI proposes to bring out this report every year with updated statistics relating to small scale sector. This report provides a comprehensive insight into SSI sector. The report has exhaustively traced the evoluation of state policy through industrial policy resolutions starting from 1948 till 1999. The report confirms elaborate presentation on various policies announced by the Government from time to time to provide impetus to this sector. The report lucidly deals with the schemes of financial assistance offered by different financial institutions to the village and SSI sector such as SIDBI, commercial banks, state financial corporations, state industrial development corporations, co-operative banks, regional rural banks, NSIC, NABARD, KVIC etc. The need for providing financial support to the sector and the recommendations of various committees and working groups appointed by the RBI/Government of India to increase the flow of credit to the sector has also been discussed in the report. An elaborate detail has been given in the report regarding the training facilities being provided at various national state level training institutions for technological upgradation of the SSI Sector. The report in short, contains all conceivable and relevant information relating to growth of village and small scale industries sector units and serves as a reference manual. SIDBI report will be particularly useful to the financial institutions, research bodies, planning agencies, non governmental organisations universities, libraries, SSI associations and prospective entrepreneurs. This is an indispensable reference manual.