BHUBANESWAR: Eyeing a big export boost, the MSME department today directed the District Industries Centres (DICs) to resolve all the problems of export oriented units expeditiously to achieve the export target.
"General managers of all the District Industries Centres (DICs) have been advised to resolve the problems of export oriented units to boost exports and achieve the export turnover target of Rs.21,550 crore," MSME Principal Secretary L N Gupta said.
Chairing a two-day conference of Regional Managers and General Managers of DICs here, Gupta said the department has decided to tap funds from various schemes of the Ministry of MSME for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises.
Stating that 12 clusters under Micro and Small Enterprises Cluster Development Programme (MSECDP) will be fast tracked, he said the department has planned to set up a Groundnut cluster at Jajpur, Coir cluster at Sakhigopal near Puri, Dry Fish cluster at Paradeep, Rice Milling clusters at Kalahandi, Koraput and Balasore, and Engineering clusters at Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Rayagada and Dhenkanal.
Meanwhile, diagnostic study reports (DSRs) have already been completed and special purpose vehicles (SPVs) formed in respect of coir cluster at Sakhigopal, dry fish cluster at Paradeep, engineering clusters at Dhenkanal and Jharsuguda and rice milling clusters at Balasore and Koraput. General managers of DICs concerned have been asked to ensure completion of detailed project reports (DPRs) of these clusters by November 2016.
It has also been decided to develop mini-clusters of ginning industries at Bolangir, cashew industries at Nabarangpur, engineering industries at Cuttack and Koraput, fly ash industries at Balasore, Sambalpur and Dhenkanal, Gupta said.
As many as 13,500 enterprises have been set up till August 2016 and employment opportunities have been created for 42,190 persons. The state government has set a target of promoting 40,000 MSMEs with employment potential for 2 lakh persons in the current fiscal.
In order to sensitise and motivate youths to set up MSME units, it has been decided to organise 180 sensitisation programmes across the state during the remaining period of the current financial year 2016-17, said Gupta.
Besides, about 180 entrepreneurship development programmes (EDPs) will be organised throughout the state by the DICs and Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (IED), Bhubaneswar to train unemployed youths in entrepreneurship development, said Director of Industries Balwant Singh.