Kalraj Mishra ordered to speed up the construction of all the Technology Centers, while reviewing the work of MSME Development Organization. He was assured that the work on at least 10 Technology Centres will start during the year. He desired that all Technology Centres should be completed in all respects by 2017 and the two Technology Centres shall be upgraded by this year itself. The Minister also ordered that the present Technology Centres should cater to the needs of industries located at those places and should also work as Cluster Development Centres for industries located in their area.
1.79 lakh youths were trained in Tool Rooms and more than 8000 trainees benefitted under EDP during 2015-16. He emphasized to make all the training programmes conducted by the Tool Rooms, except certified diploma and degree courses, should be made NSQF complaint as soon as possible. The Minister also desired that the Aadhaar data of every trainee in the Technology Centre should be captured and mode of fee payment should be electronic.
Shri Mishra was satisfied that more than Rs. 14000 crore worth of merchandize were procured from MSMEs. This is partly due to the 799 EDPs conducted during 2015-16. To make the MSME sector more competitive infrastructure assistance were given to develop 10 clusters under the lean manufacturing scheme. While reviewing the work of training in the Department, Shri Kalraj Mishra ordered that National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NI-MSME), Hyderabad, should have partner institutes, especially in the States where MSMEs are located in large numbers. He also ordered that the assistance provided to training institutes should also be utilized for carrying out research studies on various aspects of promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). Shri Kalraj Mishra expressed satisfaction that a sum of more than Rs.200.00 crores was utilized during April itself compared to less than Rs. 2 crores last year.