A press conference was held at Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Zero Point, Gangtok on 2nd December 2019 by the Commerce and Industries Department on the eve of the inauguration of the Teesta Rangeet MSME Utsav. The press conference was addressed jointly by Dr. Thomas Chandy, Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department, Ms. Alka Arora, Joint Secretary, Ministry of MSME, Government of India, Mr. Udaya Kumar, Director, National Small Industries Corporation, New Delhi and Ms. Mercy Apao Director MSME Ministry..
The Teesta Rangeet MSME Utsav is the first of its kind being held in the state and is in pursuance of the state government policy to promote micro and small enterprises and promote local entrepreneurs and startups to give expression to their business ideas. The Utsav has been organized with the objective of providing forward and backward linkages to the local entrepreneurs and to provide a platform for local entrepreneurs to interact with buyers, exporters and investors directly in order to explore better marketing possibilities, both in domestic and international market.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Thomas Chandy, Additional Chief Secretary stated that there are more than 70 entrepreneurs who are participating in the Utsav, drawn mainly from the handicrafts, food processing and services sector. He stated that there would be Business-2-Business and Business-2-Government meetings during the three-day event, apart from fashion show and cultural programmes based on local products.
Joint Secretary, Ms. Alka Arora stated that MSME Ministry wanted to support Sikkim’s entrepreneurs to get started with their business and also to enable them to become bigger entrepreneurs and join the mainstream. She said that Sikkim had potential in the food processing sector which has become big business in modern times. She lauded the State Government for implementing the scheme most successfully among the northeastern states. Mr. Udaya Kumar, Director stated that his organization will be supporting the State Government in MSME development. Ms. Mercy Apao, Director, Ministry of MSME also spoke on the occasion.
The Utsav is being funded by the Ministry of MSME, Government of India and supported by National Small Industries Corporation, Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of MSME.