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27/08/2013 10:31pm

Make 20% procurement mandatory, MSMEs to Karnataka Govt

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Bangalore, Aug 27 (KNN)  Past President of the Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium  Enterprises (FISME) Mohan Suresh has urged the Karnataka Government to make it mandatory for the state government and its units to procure at least 20 per cent of their requirement for goods and services from the MSME sector.

“As in the Central Government, the Karnataka government may also make it mandatory for State government to procure 20 per cent of goods and services from MSMEs,” said Suresh who runs Techno Spark Industries here.  
  
He had made this plea to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah earlier this month at the foundation laying ceremony of the MSME Technology Development Centre being set up near the Bangalore Airport.

Suresh also sought from the State government a secretariat dedicated to the MSME sector which he described as an engine of growth and creation of employment around the world. This secretariat, he said, would help identify and resolve impediments for the rapid development of small businesses in Karnataka.  

“In Karnataka also we can achieve much greater performance if a little more attention is accorded to their needs”.  

The MSME Technology Development Centre, coming up under the Technology Centre Systems Programme of the government, would not only facilitate development of precision tools required for the aerospace and electronics industries, but also help provide required manpower in the electronic system and design manufacturing sector.

The centre to be built at a cost of Rs 200 crore will train 10,000 people annually in precision tooling and assist 1,000 MSMEs by way of design and development of sophisticated moulds, dies, tools and equipment, as well as assisting in testing, calibration and consultancy services in related fields.

Fifteen more such centres would come up under this programme across the country at a cost of Rs 2,240 crore, the next one being in Rajasthan.  (KNN)
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