Activities of the Department
Registration of the units
In Meghalaya, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) plays a vital role in providing large employment opportunities, it also helps in industrialization of rural and backward areas, thus contributing immensely to the development of socio-economic development of the State and our Country. In order to address policy issues, and to facilitate the development of MSME, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act was notified in 2006 by the Government of India. It provides legal framework for recognition of the concept of “enterprise” which comprises both manufacturing and service entities.
As per MSME Act of 2006, all enterprises are expected to register with District Industries Centre (DIC) of their area and file Entrepreneurs Memorandum (EM) Part I for intention to start business if manufacturing or service and file EM Part II after starting production
However at present filing of EM has been abolished and in order to reach the masses and to ensure ease of registration. The Ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in September 2015 introduced Udyog Aadhaar to ensure ease of registration and wider coverage of MSMEs to avail the benefits under various Schemes of Central Governments. Udyog Aadhaar (UA) has been introduced for running units. No need to apply for upcoming units. Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum (UAM) can be filled online on the portal created by Ministry of MSME i.e. http://udyogaadhaar.gov.in.
Implementation of PMEGP for unemployed youth
The Department implements Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) scheme. It is a credit linked subsidy programme formed by merging the two schemes that were in operation till 31.03.2008, namely Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojana (PMRY) and Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP) for generation of employment opportunities through establishment of micro enterprises in rural as well as urban areas. PMEGP is a central sector scheme administered by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME).
Departmental Training Programme
There is immense shortage for skilled man power in India. Only 2% of the skill workforce is available in India. Terming it as a dual challenge of developing skills and utilizing them in a proper way, dearth of formal vocational education, lack of vide variation quality, high school dropout rates, inadequate skill training capacity, negative perception towards skilling, and lack of industry ready skills even in processional courses are the major cause of poor skill levels of India's workforce. The department keeping these in mind and in order to meet the demand of skilled labour and also to equip the local youths for self-employment ventures, it runs regular vocational courses in the following trades:-
- Tailoring and Embroidery
- Carpet Weaving
- Carpentry and Furniture making
- Leather, Blacksmith and Fabrication works etc.
- Shoe Making
The trainees are granted with monthly stipend at nominal rate. On completion of the training course, as a follow up, Grants-in-aid both in cash and kind are made available to these technical entrepreneurs to enable them to set up self-employment ventures of their own.
Investment Promotion Programme (Awareness Programmes)
In recent times it has become very important to support individuals and entrepreneurs in their ventures for the formation of MSME and developing their outlooks towards employment. They require a constant motivation and encouragement and the necessary awareness about the schemes and investment plans to be in the competition in today’s world. The Department play it’s role by organising necessary Entrepreneurial Motivation Programmes (E.M.Ps), Entrepreneurial Motivation Developments (E.D.Ps) and Investment Awareness Programmes.
Training Inside and Outside the State
The Department, under the scheme of Training Inside and Outside the State, the Department sponsors local youths with stipend to undergo vocational training both inside and outside the state to create skilled manpower. The Department has tie up the program with established units registered with the office and with some prominent NGO’s who has specialised and Qualified Master Trainers. In order to raise the level of training, few selected credible units has been identified, and are constantly monitored by the District Commerce and Industries Centre. The units are also being assigned with specific task, to develop innovative products, innovative methods of production process, to meet both customers’ need, and to generate high end products, for more economical gains.
This training mainly aims to retain the traditional art and skills of the people of the area, which has already been in existence, for their daily economic sustenance, and more importantly to preserve the products, which are of national importance and pride. The Department has initiated some innovative mechanism to imbibe a new and noble approach, to include more activities, products and to upgrade both their skills ,and products in order to address the market trends, buyer’s need, and to fetch more economical gains.
The Department conduct Exhibition at District level once a year for the entrepreneurs to showcase and demonstrate their latest products, service, and examine recent trends and opportunities. Besides District Level Exhibition, the Department also participates in Trade Fairs in the State level/National Level/ International Level Exhibition. Exhibition/Trade Fairs enables the entrepreneurs to market their products as well as to create market linkages and provides them an exposure of the market.