MSME dept squanders money on holding seminar in pvt hotel

Hurdles in setting up industries will be removed: CM

BHOPAL : The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) department spent a huge amount of money by organising the state level Swarojgar Sammelan in Hotel Amer Green in the city on Sunday to showcase its achievements of promoting youth entrepreneurs of the state.

Whereas a huge amount of lakhs of rupees has been spent to organise the programme, the Principal Secretary of the department, V Kanta Rao informed Free Press that the venue was selected following the rainy season.

When asked about the other possible venues, where the money could be saved, like CM house, Ravindra Bhavan and others he said the other places would have been congested and the venue which was selected is having good space. “In present scenario, all the big programmes are conducted in big hotels, the programme of PM are also organised in the big hotels”. He added.

Small, medium industries provide more jobs: CM

Speaking on the occasion chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said the big industries do not provide large number of employment, but the small and medium industries creates big opportunity for the unemployed and the entrepreneurs. Citing the example of China and Japan, he said that the deeply rooted small and medium industries ushered China into the new era of development. On the occasion the best performing districts in achieving the targets set for promoting the entrepreneurs were feted by the CM. The best performing districts include Burhanpur, Hoshangabad, Sagar, Indore, Damoh, Khargon and Tikamgarh. Interestingly, out of these districts three belongs to Bundelkhand region of the state.

Youth foraying into own venture face apathy, humiliation from officers, banks

The truth behind the tall claims of high achievements made by the department of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in its state-level seminar Swarojgar Sammelan regarding the young entrepreneurs is not what meets the eyes.

 The projected colourful picture is, in fact, quite murky.

Setu Jaat, fashion designer

The Jabalpur resident said “Since 2013 I was visiting the district industry department seeking loan in the government run scheme, I was told the schemes have been winded up and I should go to the bank and obtain loan directly. However, one day a new officer, DIC officer BS Bhati changed my life, by helping me to pass the proposal and to obtain loan from the bank”. Now Jaat has opened the unit with her hard time friend, Roshni Rajoriya.

Founder of the online shopping website Pravin Chauhan

Having  signed an MoU with the state government regarding the sale and marketing of the products, Chauhan said “Online shopping portal tolexo.com will help the entrepreneurs to grow their business, in state and on international level”.

Suchita Bharagva interior designer

Bhargava aid, “I used to work in a private bank, I left the job to set up my own business, in Bhopal. I prepared the proposal to set up the interior designing unit at a cost of Rs 41 lakh. The DIC, the officials turned down the approval, but after continuous persuasion, the officials approved the proposal. I visited almost all the banks of the city, they showed me the door in place of giving loan. Finally PNB saw the opportunity and sanctioned my loan”. Now she sells her products online, providing livelihood to 25 employees including 17 women who are very poor.

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