GUWAHATI, June 15 - Udyam�2017, a five-day Industrial & Business Trade Fair got under way at the Maniram Dewan Trade Centre today.
The event was inaugurated by Ravi Capoor, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce, along with Ravindra Nath, CMD, National Small Industrial Corporation (NSIC), Ministry of MSME, Govt of India. Also present were PK Bezbaruah, Chairman Tea Board and OP Mittal, national president, Laghu Udyog Bharati.
The State Department of Industries & Commerce, in association with Laghu Udyog Bharati, is organising the fair. The National Small Scale Industries Corporation Ltd and State Bank of India are the main sponsors of the event. The welcome address was given by PK Saikia, Addl Director, Industries & Commerce.
Speaking on the occasion, Tea Board Chairman Bezbaruah informed the gathering about the difficulties faced by the tea industry for building �Brand Assam� and the competition faced from Sri Lanka and China in the international market. �Multi-cropping and best packaging practices should be brought in for triggering growth in the tea market,� he added.
Mittal in his speech highlighted the work done by Laghu Udyog Bharati for helping micro and small industries that constitute 99 per cent of the country�s total industries, play a big role in employment generation.
NSIC CMD Nath said data is important for the government to make policies and delays could make it obsolete by the time it is implemented. He also urged all associations, especially Laghu Udyog Bharati, the largest all-India association of micro and small industries, to bring the data to the MSME data bank to effect revolutionary changes in the MSME sector.
Capoor in his address, said that it is often the lack of a proper platform that prevents the MSME sector from realising the benefits and subsidies given to MSMEs by Central and state governments.