GUWAHATI, July 19 - The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry with support of the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) organised a seminar on �Importance of energy efficiency for MSMEs� today at the NEDFi Convention Centre conference hall, Dispur.
The seminar was attended by MSMEs, officials from the public sector as well as government officials.
Dr Ranjeet Mehta, Principal Director, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in his introductory remarks highlighted the need to strengthen the MSMEs, stating that India cannot progress without the progress of the MSMEs. He also stressed the need to go for energy-efficient ways without compromising the quality.
Anju Bajaj, Chairperson, MSME Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in her speech highlighted the benefits of strengthening the MSMEs.
She focused on the topic of the seminar and maintained that awareness among the entrepreneurs is necessary for implementing various ways of achieving energy efficiency.
Ranendra Sarma, General Manager, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd, dwelling on the present power scenario of the country urged the participants at the seminar to go for renewable sources of energy, especially solar energy.
M Sreenivasulu, Director, MSME-DI Guwahati, in his speech mentioned the important components of successful and sustainable MSME development. Focusing on the subject matter he spoke of a joint project that the Ministry of MSME has implemented to achieve energy efficiency in the tea cluster.
Manoj Kr Das, Chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, NER Committee, maintaining that energy efficiency should start from one�s home or workplace, stated that one should be very conscious while using energy. He also highlighted the need to implement renewable sources of energy.
The chief guest of the seminar, State Power Minister Tapan Kr Gogoi mentioned the various steps that the State government has been taking to harness renewable sources of energy.
Madhurya Mahanta, an engineer at the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), gave a brief presentation on the facilities and schemes for power efficiency provided by the EESL � an energy service company for the Government of India.
KM Deka, Deputy General Manager, SIDBI, and Vinod Vyas, Senior Branch Manager, NSIC, gave brief accounts of the schemes provided to the MSMEs by their respective institutions.
SK Hazarika, Deputy Resident Director (NER), PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offered his vote of thanks, and stressed the need to go for renewable sources of energy instead of the traditional ones.
Bhaskar J Gogoi, Co-Chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, NER, concluded the programme requesting the entrepreneurs to come forward and avail the assistance provided by the Government of India as well as other agencies in developing the MSME sector of the country.
This was stated in a press release issued here.