BHUBANESWAR: The state government has decided to set up 12 clusters under the Micro and Small Enterprises Cluster Development Programme (MSECDP) to create employment potential.
The state government has asked general managers of all the district industres centres (DICs) to submit detailed project reports on the proposed clusters by November end.
The proposed clusters include dry fish products at Paradip, engineering industries in Dhenkanal and Jharsuguda, units based on paddy in Balasore and Koraput, cashew industries at Nabarangpur, fly ash units at Balasore, Sambalpur and Dhenkanal, groundnut and coir clusters at Jajpur and Sakhigopal respectively.
This was decided at the two day conference of regional and general managers of DICs held under the Department of MSME which concluded here today. Principal secretary of the MSME department LN Gupta asked the general managers of DICs to resolve the problems of export oriented units to achieve target set by the state government.
As against the target of promoting 40,000 MSME enterprises having potential of generating employment for two lakh persons, 13,500 units have been set up by August, 2016. These units have created employment potential for 42,190 persons.
It has been decided that 180 awareness camps will be organised in 2016-17 to attract unemployed youths to set up micro and small enterprises. The identified entrepreneurs will be given training in these centres for setting up micro and small industries.
A decision was also taken to revive the the plant level advisory committees and plant level consultative committees to promote development of ancillary industries around public sector undertakings (PSUs) and big private industries.
General managers of DICs have been asked to conduct a fresh survey of ancillary industries which have been set up in their respective districts and complete the exercise by November, 2016.
Focus will be on development of coir, Khadi and Village Industries for generation of employment. Officials of the Coir Board and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) made a presentation of their schemes during the conference.