During the event the KK Dwivedi, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, presented the expectations of the state on three major themes: startups, cluster development and livelihood and enterprise promotion.
On this occasion, Sarma called upon state level institutions and line departments to enhance co-operation with institutions like SIDBI. He laid expectations that cluster programme should have twining with One District One Product model such that niche areas of state can be brought up in the value chain, thus helping those at the bottom of pyramid. He requested SIDBI to extend its expertise to manage startup fund along with active state level institutions.
He also called upon SIDBI to help the state in formulating a suitable guarantee fund leveraging Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) and the state extending its funds to either bear the service fee or extend the guarantee coverage beyond CGTMSE. He appreciated the Prayaas Scheme of SIDBI which can bring a change to the microfinance scenario in the state.
In a statement, Sivasubramanian Ramann, Chairman and Managing Director, SIDBI said, “SIDBI has been laying thrust on kindling entrepreneurship through its Mission Swavalamaban and also by digitizing credit availability process such that end customers reap the benefit of lower rate of interest and transparent access. SIDBI has been dovetailing its promotion and development initiatives on soft side with hard infrastructure through its latest offerings such as cluster development fund. SIDBI looks forward to deepening its footprint in Assam by contributing to livelihood and micro enterprise value chain as also innovation and startup ecosystem.”
Ramann handed over the in-principle approval commitment letter to Dwivedi in the presence of Sarma, Keshab Mahanta, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Information Technology and Atul Bora, Minister for Agriculture and Veterinary in Government of Assam.
It was also agreed upon that the project specific moderately priced loan assistance under SIDBI Cluster Development Fund (SCDF) shall be extended to the state government for upgrading various existing MSME clusters and for developing new industrial infrastructural facilities in Assam.
SIDBI has set up Project Management Units (PMUs) in 11 states including Assam, Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand as recommended by the Expert Committee on MSMEs for a more focused engagement with state governments for MSME development and promotion to create a low-cost lending window for infrastructure projects in clusters. The PMU in Assam has worked closely with industries department and Rural Livelihood Mission to give fillip to formalization, sustainable digital marketing, undertaken rapid profiling of migrant labors options for entrepreneurship and mapped the key hard infrastructure projects.
The SCDF has been setup with support of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to support the hard infrastructure facilities in clusters pan India. The fund is envisaged to support setting up, upgrading and renovation of MSME infrastructure in areas other than agriculture. The major sectors include industrial and agri-allied sectors in the MSME eco-space, social sector projects in and around MSME clusters and connectivity to MSME Clusters.