Gangtok, February 3 ( IPR): Two days Vendor Development Programme organised by MSME-DFO (Development and Facilitation Office), Ministry of MSME, Government of India, in association with Commerce and Industries Department, MSME, Government of Sikkim, concluded today at the Seminar Hall of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Government of Sikkim.
The programme is organised under the Procurement and Marketing Support (PMS) Scheme which aims to highlight the Public Procurement Policy that directs all the Central Ministries, Government Departments, State PSUs and CPSEs to set an annual target of 25 percentile procurement from the MSME sector. It also aims to promote and develop the micro and small enterprises by supporting them to market their produce and services.
Present for the day were Mr. M. Ravi Kumar, Director, MSME, Commerce and Industries Department, Officers and staff members of MSME, Commerce and Industries Department, Government of Sikkim, Officials from MSME-DFO Department, Government of India.
Attendees in the programme also included Officials from Information and Public Relations Department, Animal Husbandry Department, Urban Development Department, Agriculture Department, NHPC, BSNL, SEED Cell, SHGs and Entrepreneurs.
Mr. M. Ravi Kumar, Director, MSME, while addressing the gathering gave a short history and description about import and export procedures of the Temi Tea Estate. He assured that the Department will help aspiring entrepreneurs for the marketing of their products and services.
The Director also had an interactive session with the participants where he answered to queries related with starting of new business ventures and collaborating efficient marketing strategies to develop their business.
Mr. Nirmal Chowdhury, Assistant Director, MSME-DFO, gave the welcome speech where he welcomed all the participants present for the day. He also went on to give a brief summary of the sessions that were conducted the day before, and urged everyone to make the best use of the programme and utilise the schemes efficiently to their advantage.
Mr. Chowdhury also talked about the procurement process of loans from the Central and State government and the return policies of the loan taken. Later he explained the process of how one can register at Udyam/ZED and GeM government portals and generate certificates for their business.
Mr. A. K. Tamaria, Joint Director, MSME-DFO, briefed the gathering about the marketing and financial support that are provided to entrepreneurs through various schemes. He also spoke about the importance of Udyam and GeM registrations and how one can take benefits of the Central and State Government schemes such as SYSS, PMEGP, PM FME and Cluster Development Schemes.
The programme also saw an interactive session where the participants had an interaction regarding their entrepreneual experiences and about what they actually gained from the programme.