GUWAHATI, April 1 - The Inter Media Publicity Coordination Committee (IMPCC) meeting for the month of April was held today in the conference hall of the National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC), Guwahati.
The meeting discussed the role of NSIC for development of the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and various schemes for the benefits of the enterprises, including SC, ST and female entrepreneurs. Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia, Director General, North East Zone, Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, who is also the Chairman of IMPCC, Assam Chapter, chaired the meeting.
Highlighting the significance of the IMPCC meeting, Dhatwalia said that all media units of the I&B Ministry, Central and State government departments are members of this committee and that they should assemble once in a month to share their works, experiences and plans for publicity for the coming month. With the declaration of election, all the publicity programmes of the ministry are now focused on increasing voter�s participation in the election through SVEEP, he informed.
The IMPCC meetings, as decided by the I&B Ministry, are conducted on the first Monday of every month. If the day happens to be a holiday, it is held a day in advance or later, he added.
In a detailed presentation about the goals, achievements and ongoing activities of NSIC, the members were informed that to promote and support the MSME sector, NSIC is providing integrated services encompassing marketing, technology, finance and other services. In the northeastern states also, NSIC is supporting and assisting the MSMEs through credit support, marketing support and skill development training to unemployed youths through incubation training centre. It was also informed that National SC/ST Hub, an initiative of the Ministry of MSME, was launched to provide professional support to SC/ST entrepreneurs to fulfil the objectives of four per cent procurement from the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) as per the mandate of the Public Procurement Policy. The hub is providing handholding support to SC/ST MSEs through finance facilitation, e-tendering, support, etc.
In the financial year of 2018-19, till date, the procurement from 1,720 SC/St-owned MSEs stood at Rs 488.15 crore, out of the total procurement of Rs 24,918 crore from 62,008 MSEs.