Bankers and District Industries Centres should play a proactive role in encouraging micro and small enterprises (MSE) located in the industrial estates or industrial clusters, said Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Vijayawada Auto Cluster Development Company V. Rajendra Prasad. He was addressing a group of promoters of MSEs, as part of the Entrepreneur Development Programme, organised by the District Industries Centre (DIC)-Vijayawada here on Tuesday.
He pointed out that the survival of MSE depended on the financial help extended by banks and guidance and training imparted by the DICs.
Moderating the show attended by bankers, industrialists and prospective entrepreneurs, DIC- Vijayawada General Manager G. Rajendra Prasad said since industries and industry-related activities contributed to the tune of 40 per cent to the national GDP, the Central and the State Governments were now focussing on the manufacturing sector by doling out attractive schemes and promoting industrial clusters. “The creation of the National Industrial Manufacturing Zone is fallout of such a thought,” he opined.
The GM of DIC said that a number of plots were still lying vacant in Jaggayyapeta and Nuzvid industrial clusters.
APIIC-ILA (Independent Local Authority) president Y.Veeraiah in his address urged the youth to think of entrepreneurship. Giving tips to aspiring entrepreneurs, he said, “Selection of the product is the most vital aspect. Think of manufacturing a product that the market would like to buy, and not a product that you would like to sell to the market.”
JRD Tata- ILA, Secretary, Ramesh Babu, pointed out that there were many schemes and incentives offered by the government that were unknown to the micro and small enterprises promoters. “It is the duty of the bodies such as DIC and APIIC to create awareness about the schemes. The government bodies should not only be proactive but also supportive. Because of such proactive and supportive nature of the bodies, the MSEs are successful in the states such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Andhra Pradesh Small Scale Industries Association President G.V. Rama Rao urged the DIC to hold many more such EDP’s to educate the MSE promoters on various aspects. Finding fault with government, he alleged, “The attitude of the government towards MSEs has to change. APITCO (Andhra Pradesh Industrial and technical consultancy organisation) should look beyond medium and large industries and contribute with their expertise to the MSEs.”