Hon’le Speaker Shri L.B. Das inaugurates Dstrict Udyam Samagaam

Rangpo, March 06: (IPR) The District Udyam Samagaam, a district-wise market access event on Entrepreneurship Development under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) commenced here at AIC-SMUTBI, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT)Majhitar, Rangpo today.

The two-day event is being organised by the District Industries Centre (North & East) under the Commerce and Industries Department, Government of Sikkim in partnership with Atal Incubation Centre, Sikkim Manipal University, Technical Business Incubator (AIC-SMUTBI) and supported by the Ministry of MSME, Govt of India from 6th-7th March,2020.

The event was attended by Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Shri L.B. Das as the chief guest. The programme had the presence and participation of Joint Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Shri N. Jaswant, Director, Department of Commerce & Industries, Smt. Sarita Pradhan, Director, SMIT, Dr. Ashish Sharma, Deputy Secretary, DIC N/E, Shri A.B Gurung along with participating PSUs, SHGs, students, and entrepreneurs.

The District Udyam Samaagam will focus on the strengthening and development of focus sectors both in services and manufacturing, agro-enterprises and other micro-enterprises predominant in the districts and enhance their marketing avenues.

In his keynote address, Speaker, Shri L.B Das elaborated on measures being taken by the Ministry for Entrepreneurship Development on the ground level. He urged the Department officials to create a conducive environment for nurturing the entrepreneurs and said that entrepreneurs should be encouraged and supported by the various Governmental departments and agencies overwhelmingly.

He encouraged the young entrepreneurs present in the event to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams diligently and not rely too much on government jobs as it has hit a saturation point, he added.

He encouraged the youngsters to change their mindset and become job providers rather than being job seekers.

The Speaker also added that despite the establishment of many industries in the state there were hardly any local owners from the state. He therefore encouraged the gathering to be more focused and assured full support and assistance from the Government for fulfilling their entrepreneurial aspirations.

Earlier, Director, MSME Shri N. Jaswant, in his welcome address, extended his warm welcome to the chief guest and thanked the participants for their enthusiastic presence. He extended his gratitude to the Director, SMIT for consenting to use the venue for the conduct of the event. He mentioned that all the vital information regarding the events and various schemes of the government should be disseminated to the public at the earliest and said that this event should be a two-way programme where information and ideas are vitally shared between the resource persons, entrepreneurs and the participating students.

He further informed the gathering that the purpose of organising such an event was to bring all the stakeholders of MSME ecosystem under one platform to deliberate on the issues affecting the process of MSME development in the state and come out with viable action plan.

He also highlighted that ideas need to be presented and pitched during the event and added that the top three ideas selected will be duly facilitated and supported by the Government.

Director, SMIT, Dr. Ashish Sharma extended his heartiest welcome to the gathering and shared some of his memorable experiences of his career spanning more than two decades.

He said that persistence and risk-taking ability were among the most important characteristics of the entrepreneurs and further encouraged them to create a healthy ecosystem for entrepreneurship development in the state and added that SMIT is doing its best to provide the ecosystem for the purpose.

Lastly, he urged the state government to provide continued support to SMIT in creating a world-class incubation centre in the State and further added that 14 startups have already started operating from the AIC, SMIT.

The two-day event will have both business to business (B2B) and B2C components, to provide a platform for MSEs for sourcing, arranging buyer-seller meets, business interactions, technology transfer, marketing access etc and will also feature entrepreneur’s trade fare, knowledge services, exhibitions showcased by various MSMEs and SHGs including business pitch competition for best innovative idea along with open house discussions on entrepreneurship development.

A powerpoint presentation on the overall activities and schemes under the Spices Board of Sikkim was presented by resource person, Shri Kuldeep Rai during the inaugural session of the event.

During the course of the event, participants were briefed about various important Government and Central sector schemes for MSMEs including export/import policies of the Government. Overall, more than 25 PSUs and SHGs participated in the inaugural day of the event.

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