Friday 10 August 2012

Innovation Programme

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has taken initiative in consultation with National Innovation Council (NIC) to set up a dedicated fund with an initial contribution of Rs.100 crores in the name of “India Inclusive Innovation Fund” for promoting grass root innovations. It is expected that promoting innovation would also improve the competitiveness and efficiency of SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). The scheme is at the stage of approval. 
The amount allocated for “India Inclusive Innovation Fund” for the current year (2012-13) is Rs.100 Cr. 
The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP) is the nodal programme of the
Government to develop global competitiveness among Indian MSMEs. An amount of Rs.500 crores approx as GOI Contribution had been allocated for NMCP during XIth Plan. NMCP targets at enhancing the entire value chain of the MSME sector through the following schemes: 
• Lean Manufacturing Competitiveness Scheme for MSMEs; 
• Promotion of Information & Communication Tools (ICT) in MSME sector; 
• Technology and Quality Up gradation Support to MSMEs; 
• Design Clinics scheme for MSMEs; 
• Enabling Manufacturing Sector to be Competitive through Quality Management Standards (QMS) and Quality Technology Tools (QTT); 
• Marketing Assistance and Technology Up gradation Scheme for MSMEs; 
• Setting up of Mini Tool Room under PPP Mode; 
• National campaign for building awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR); 
• Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of SMEs through Incubators. 
In addition, Government operates a number of schemes for the MSME sector which inter alia improve competitiveness. These schemes include Credit Guarantee Scheme, Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme, Performance and Credit Rating Scheme, Cluster Development Programme, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme. 
This information was given by Shri Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs looking after the Parliamentary work of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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