Conclave to explore incentives for small-scale industry

The state government has started preparations for an Udyami Mahasammelan (entrepreneurs’ conclave) for micro,small and medium scale enterprises (MSME) in Lucknow.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: May 18, 2013 1:06 am

The state government has started preparations for an Udyami Mahasammelan (entrepreneurs’ conclave) for micro,small and medium scale enterprises (MSME) in Lucknow.

The conclave is being organised on May 22 — four months after the state government and Confederation of Indian Industries organised the Global Partnership Meet in Agra — by the Indian Industries Association along with the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,the chief guest,will inaugurate the event at Indira Gandhi Pratisthan and minister for small scale industries Bhagwat Saran Gangwar will be special guest.

A high-level meeting regarding preparations for the meet has been called by the state government on Saturday,where senior officials of all the concerned departments including Information Technology and Electronics,Infrastructure and Industrial development,MSME and Export Promotion and Food processing Departments have been called for discussions with officiating Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan.

Sources said that following failure to attract much investment in large-scale projects,the government is planning to focus on promotion of MSMEs.

“UP has the largest share of MSMEs in the country —- about 31 lakh — but despite the large number,their health is disappointing because of lack of basic infrastructure like power,roads along with issues regarding tax concessions. This conclave aims to bridge the gap between the enterprises and the state government,both will share their expectations from each other,” D S Verma,executive director of IIA,told The Indian Express.

Verma said there will be four sessions at the conclave including discussions on incentives offered by the state and central government for MSMEs,provisions under the state’s infrastructure and industrial policy,hurdles in the way of development of MSMEs.

Sources said about 800 representatives from MSMEs across the state are expected to participate in the conclave. Invitations are being given by both the state government and IIA.

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