: A three-day workshop on government schemes at clusters began here on Thursday.
It was aimed at familiarising industrialists with schemes implemented by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
It was organised jointly by Thoothukudi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (THUDITSSIA) MSME, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the District Industries Centre.
P. Chinnadurai, president, THUDITSSIA, welcomed the gathering. Industrialists shared their views and ideas on a platform under the MSME umbrella programme.
Rajveer Singh, Managing Director, Apex Cluster Development Services, New Delhi, said a number of schemes was available to promote industries through the MSME but many were still not aware of their importance.
Stakeholders could avail themselves of benefits of financial resources through 22 schemes of the MSME. Earlier, awareness programmes were organised for likeminded individuals, groups and institutions at Dehradun, Hyderabad and Belgaum.
Government is allocating more financial resources in every term of the Five Year Plan but unfortunately the stakeholders are unable to tap their potential.
For cluster development, the stakeholders could make use of financial resources to the maximum of Rs.13 crore.
Besides, key factors, including market development assistance, technology upgrading, efficiency in production, process improvement and quality certification support were highlighted during the session.
Apart from safety matches in Kovilpatti and Kazhugumalai and readymade garment manufacturing at Puthiyamputhur in Tuticorin district, the authorities were asked to concentrate on promoting cluster developments in chemical industries here.
M. Arun Rasith, Assistant Director, MSME – Development Institute, said the MSME had identified 358 products and reserved them for micro and small enterprises.
Twenty per cent of the total amount of these earmarked products must be purchased from the micro and small enterprises.
Bar coding was essential for patenting the product, he added.
G. Gnanasekar, General Manager, District Industries Centre, T. Kulasekaran, Manager, SIDBI, and others attended.