Chennai, January, 2017: National SC-ST Hub (NSSH), an initiative of the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise, Govt. of India has organised NSSH Regional Conclave here today at Chennai Trade Center, Nandambakkam, The aim of this conclave was to bring together CPSEs, Industry Associations and State Government on a common platform and deliberate upon steps to be taken to fulfil Public Procurement Policy mandate for SC-ST entrepreneurs. It also aimed at coalescing efforts taken by all the stakeholders towards creating a supportive ecosystem for inclusive growth of SC-ST Entrepreneurs. Thiru P. Benjamin, Minister of Rural Industries, (Rural Industries Including Cottage Industries, Small Industries) was the Chief Guest and Thiru. Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, I.A.S – Secretary (MSME), Govt of Tamil Nadu was the Guest of Honour respectively. Around 800 entrepreneurs from Micro, small and medium enterprise participated.
National SC-ST Hub (NSSH) is a central sector scheme. It was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, with an aim to create a supportive ecosystem for SC/ST entrepreneurs by assisting them in capacity building and thereby enabling them to effectively participate in public procurement process. The scheme is organically linked to the Public Procurement Policy, 2012 of the Government of India which states that 20% of total procurement of goods and services by Central Ministries, Departments and CPSEs shall be made from MSEs and 20% of such procurement (4% of total) from MSEs shall be made from SC & ST owned MSEs. The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a Mini-Ratna CPSEs under the Ministry of MSME is the implementing agency for the Scheme of NSSH.
This conclave aimed to understand how NSSH can collaborate with State Government and work together at the ground level to augment the capabilities of existing SC/ST entrepreneurs. The programme also aimed to hold interactions with Industry Associations and Incubators to understand their expectations about NSSH programme while also on-boarding them to play a larger role.