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Need for consolidated database of SC/ST Vendors with product details highlighted during National SC/ ST Hub Conclave

image Need for consolidated database of SC/ST Vendors with product details highlighted during National SC/ ST Hub Conclave

New Delhi, Sept 13 (KNN) While reviewing the implementation of Public Procurement Policy by various PSUs during the National SC/ ST Hub Conclave, need for one consolidated database of SC/ST Vendors including details of products and services provided by them was highlighted by the stakeholders.

The National SC ST Hub Conclave was chaired by Dr. Arun Kumar Panda, Secretary, Ministry of MSME, and other senior officials of the ministry were present on the occasion.

 Chairman or representatives from about 50 PSUs from 20 Ministries also participated in the conclave.

The Conclave was held to bring together leading CPSEs from different sectors and initiate discussion to understand the gaps and their challenges in realizing the mandate of Public Procurement Policy.

The interaction envisioned to put forth a strategy that delivers sustained and measurable impact on the entire MSME ecosystem.

A brief presentation by Joint Secretary, MSME, on the achievements and challenges faced by CPSEs in procuring goods and services from SC/ ST entrepreneurs was given.

In order to receive inputs and suggestions from CPSES, an open discussion was organized during the conclave to decide upon the future course of action.

The current status of procurement done by CPSEs from MSMEs (including SC/ST MSEs) during the last Financial Year was highlighted.

Focus was given on organizing Special – Vendor Development Programmes (VDPs) and capacity building programmes for addressing the skills gap of SC/ST MSEs

Use of technology as a medium for dissemination of information was one of the key suggestions made by the participants.

The conclave brought various insights from CPSEs to understand the gaps in realizing the mandate of Public Procurement Policy and put forth innovative strategies for holistic development of MSEs owned by SC/ST Entrepreneurs. (KNN Bureau)

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