Namchi, 26th February (IPR): An awareness programme on ‘Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM-FME) Scheme’ was held at the conference hall at DAC, today. Organized jointly by DAC, South and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Division, Commerce and Industries Department had Chairman, Farmer Welfare Board Shri. Phurden Lepcha as the Chief Guest was accompanied by Director State (MSME) Shri. Ravi Kumar, DC (South) Shri. M. Bharani Kumar, AD (MSME) Smt. Bimla Chettri, General Manager, DIC (S/W) Smt. Sukmaya Subba, General Manager (SBI) Shri. Amit Lamichaney and local entrepreneurs.
Chairman, Farmer Welfare Board Shri. Phurden Lepcha informed that this scheme aims to make India self-reliant by giving impetus to local manufacturing, the local market and the local supply chain. He also spoke about the objective of this scheme which can strengthen the capacities of the micro-entrepreneurs and that this scheme can assist the individuals to adapt from the unorganized sector to the formal sector. He also applauded the innovative ideas proposed by the young stakeholders and said that they should relentlessly work towards building up their occupation. He further asserted that the concerned department will aid in making their choice of profession a success as these young entrepreneurs can in future construct a mega-corporation that can employ other masses from the state.
Director State (MSME) Shri. Ravi Kumar informed that the initiative of the scheme is to encourage the micro-entrepreneurs of the state and to generate equitable entrepreneurial opportunities in rural as well as urban areas of Sikkim, particularly among the educated unemployed to become Self Employed by setting up Manufacturing, Services, Business and allied activities by availing the loan. He added that this scheme has been launched under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PM-FME) Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme and aims to enhance the competitiveness of existing individual as well as the upcoming micro-enterprises. He also gave a short presentation on MSME whereby he highlighted the various potential possibilities that the budding individuals can build their business on, these business can vary from Organic Agriculture which can be Fruits and Vegetables, Floriculture, Ornamental Plant Nursery to Food Processing which can include pickle, juice making and many more. He also updated about the loan and other subsidies available with the department as a part of this scheme. He added under the PM-FME scheme, capacity building is an important component and the department will give necessary training as well.
DC (South) Shri. M. Bharani Kumar spoke about the various opportunities that the entrepreneurs can explore in the State. He cited examples such as developing homemade wines, face mask, sanitisers and others that the entrepreneurs can create a market and generate revenue as well.
AD (MSME) Smt. Bimla Chettri explained in detail how the masses will get the benefits from this scheme. She also spoke about the eligibility criteria and other documents to be submitted by interested participants.
During the course of the programme, an interactive session was so conducted in which the participants put forward their suggestions, queries to the officials from the department.