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Separate ministry mooted for small scale industries

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Muniyappa tells State governments to provide land for the sector

Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) K.H. Muniyappa on Saturday said the Union government was contemplating creating a separate ministry to boost the sector.

Interacting with members of the Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA) here, Mr. Muniyappa said small and medium industries had been contributing significantly to the national economy.

He said 45 per cent to the total industrial production in the country came from small-scale industries and 40 per cent of exports were from the sector. Still, it had been struggling for existence amid large industries, the Minister said.

The Union government was working towards mitigating the disparity in providing basic infrastructure for large industries and the MSME sector. A meeting of senior officials would be convened to discuss the issue, Mr. Muniyappa said. Union and State governments would make efforts to provide land required for the sector.

Tool rooms would be established in 15 states including Karnataka in a month to train skilled manpower. The tool room for Karnataka would come up near Devanahalli on a 10-acre land, he said.

Responding to the grouse of the industry that the Karnataka budget did not pay much attention to the MSME sector, Mr. Muniyappa said he would soon discuss it with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

K. Jayaprakash Hegde, MP, and KASSIA President B.P. Shashidhar, were present.

Revival plan

PTI reports

The Centre’s plan to revive Bharat Gold Mines Ltd. by floating a global tender was a step in the

right direction, Mr. Muniyappa said. He said he would meet the Union Mines minister to request

him to expedite the process.

It would allow the workers’ forum to come up with a bid to run the mine, Mr. Muniyappa said.


  • Tool rooms to be opened in 15 States including Karnataka

  • Disparities in providing basic infrastructure to large industries and MSME to be removed


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