Odisha's MSME Automation Recommended to Other States
Odisha’s initiatives in automation of key processes for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and making them transparent has become examples for the entire country with the Union Government pressing for their replication in other States.
The automation of Entrepreneurship Memorandum (EM) filing, which relates to establishment of new enterprises and their operational status, has drawn special attention of the Union MSME Ministry.
Underscoring its keenness for replication of the system in other States, Additional Development Commissioner (MSME) emphasised that it will not only help the states but also the DC (MSME) office to have a real-time status check of entrepreneurs as well as data records on the All India Frame of MSME units.
The online EM filing has worked wonders not only boosting the registration rate but also enabling the State MSME Department to keep complete track of the enterprises that are in the offing or in operation.
Earlier, the MSMEs had to go through acknowledgment procedures at the district industries centres (DIC) which was not only cumbersome but also time-consuming.
This has been overcome by the online system developed by the Department in association with Odisha Modernising Economy, Governance & Administration (OMEGA) as applications are being processed expeditiously.
From April 1 till date, the department has seen filing of as high as 9308 EM-I applications pertaining to establishment of units. Of the number, 8641 have been approved and 332 pending.
Of 315 applications for EM-II, acknowledgement of consent to operate and change of status of units, 124 have already gained approval and 145 are pending. In EM-I, the number of applications has more than doubled compared to the last year.
Appreciation of the initiative taken by the MSME Department and the Union Government’s view that it should be followed by other states is a great achievement for Odisha, State MSME Minister Damodar Rout said.
The Department is also set to carry forward the automation, integrating other workflow systems.
“Directorate of Export Promotion and Marketing (EPM) and the National Mission on Food Process scheme are set to follow suit by March next year,” Secretary Dash said.