MAIT lauds govt's SME initiatives but seeks clarity on implementation roadmap
Anwar Shirpurwala, executive director, MAIT, said, 'The initiative of the new Government is extremely encouraging, especially its focus on the manufacturing sector. However, what is needed is a clear roadmap for implementation.'
IT SMEs have a crucial part to play towards realising the new Government's objective of making India a manufacturing hub. The Government is going all out to assist SMEs who wants to set up manufacturing facilities in India. With an aim to create awareness among SMEs about the various initiatives, policies and schemes by the government, IT hardware body MAIT, in association with the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology and Ministry of MSME, organised 'MAIT ICT SME Conclave - 2014' in Noida.
Anwar Shirpurwala, executive director, MAIT, said, "The initiative of the new Government is extremely encouraging, especially its focus on the manufacturing sector. However, what is needed is a clear roadmap for implementation. Through this conclave we are socialising government schemes to SMEs and are helping them to leverage it for manufacturing."
Rahul Gupta, chairman, SME Chapter, MAIT, added, "To brand itself as a premier IT & manufacturing hub at a global level, Indian Government needs to create an exclusive ecosystem across all industry verticals so that the businesses can build and grow the entire value chain required to come up for excellent results. Public administration also needs to re-structure the taxation and incentives system besides reforming the existing policies such as subsidized land, creating manufacturing corridors, offering subsidies to manufacturers for plants and machineries. A lot more is to be designed, planned and done for an effective roadmap."
MAIT SME Conclave highlighted their key issues related to the policy framework, funding etc and get a better understanding of various schemes and opportunities on offer that can be utilised for the benefit of the industry.
"It aimed to equip the SMEs to prepare themselves thoroughly for evaluating the business opportunities and take necessary actions in developing their enterprises with the help of IT to achieve business goals."
Some of the issues discussed at the conclave are related to training of the manpower and skill development, funding procedures, setting up of electronic manufacturing clusters and various schemes for supporting SMEs in the sector.
MAIT has also introduced a website -- maitsme.com -- catering to the various information needs of the SMEs.
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