GUWAHATI, April 28 - Laghu Udyog Bharati (NER), an all-India organisation in the service of small scale industries since 1994, celebrated its 25th foundation day and silver jubilee year.
Ravi Capoor, additional chief secretary to the Government of Assam, Industry and Commerce, was the chief guest at the event held on April 25. Ashok Soni, DGM, State Bank of India (NER), Dr Avinash Choudhury, zonal general manager (NER) of NSIC, and Ajit Jana, patron, LUB (NER), also attended the event.
Capoor, in his address, emphasised on active participation of micro and small industries for all-round development of Assam. He spoke about actions taken by the government for the MSME sector including providing space for marketing products at Dilli Haat in New Delhi, Price Preference Policy of 20 per cent minimum purchase from the MSME sector, waterways, tea tourism, etc.
He said health tourism and exports had a big potential in Assam in view of the international borders it shared with South East Asian countries.
Capoor also spoke about drawing a gas pipeline from Barauni to Guwahati under the Indradhanush scheme, which would benefit micro and small industries.
Ashish Deorah, general secretary of LUB (NER), highlighted the objectives of the organisation and said it would expand its branches to all districts of Assam and gradually cover the entire North East. Currently, it has chapters in Tezpur, Jorhat and Tinsukia with a conveners� unit at Golaghat, Nalbari, and in Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura.
Ashok Soni said the SBI was committed as a focal point for entrepreneurs with proper CIBIL rating and assured entrepreneurs about loans. Dr Avinash Choudhury informed about schemes of NSIC, while BL Agarwal gave an account of Laghu Udyog Bharati which has its presence in over 425 districts of India and a countrywide membership strength of over 25,000.