Published On: Thu, May 14th, 2015

FICCI Working on Skill-building With State Governments

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Investment Promotion BoardMake in IndiaMSMEPresident FICCISanjay Bhatia

FICCITo develop an accurate assessment of their skill development needs the Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce of India (FICCI) is working closely with the central government on skill mapping in each state. MSMEs across India need upgradation of skills said Sanjay Bhatia, president FICCI Council of MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises).

Bhatia, who is also managing director of Hindustan Tin Works Limited, said that they are working through their state councils to create a bridge with state governments for upgradation of existing skill centres.

FICCI also urged the state governments to ensure that state public sector enterprises source their procurement needs from MSMEs in its executive committee meeting in Chandigarh. PSUs are obliged to procure 20 per cent of their needs from MSMEs, but this has not been strictly implemented, under the public procurement policy of the central government.

If MSMEs are provided with the right opportunities and handholding, they can play the desired role in the ‘Make in India’ movement. Around 400,000 MSMEs are there in Punjab and Haryana, together these employ about 10 million persons. Many of them are unviable due to competition in international market.

The chief ministers of the two states have assured FICCI that they will create a more enabling environment for the development of MSMEs, said Bhatia, he further added that Haryana is coming up with a new industrial policy, in which a major thrust would be given to MSMEs.

Punjab state government has introduced the new single-window clearance, where the CEO of the Investment Promotion Board is vested with statutory powers of approval for all clearances, can be emulated by other states. FICCI have been told by the deputy chief minister that approvals have been granted in 37 days and even less, and this is a landmark step in mobilising investment in the state.