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Ludhiana: PM Modi to give away national MSME awards at PAU today

This is the first time the annual award ceremony is being held in Punjab.

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A curfew-like situation at PAU before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in Ludhiana Monday. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give away national MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) awards at Ludhiana’s Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Tuesday afternoon. This is the first time the annual award ceremony is being held in Punjab.

A total of 227 MSME industrialists from across the country will be honoured. Of these, 109 industrialists were chosen in financial year 2013-14 during the UPA regime while the rest have been chosen by the NDA government in 2014-15. A total of eight awardees are from Punjab.

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The Prime Minister will also launch two MSME schemes from Ludhiana, namely ‘SC/ST hub scheme’ and ‘zero defect zero effect (Z-effect) scheme’ for the country, said MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra, who is camping in Ludhiana to take stock of the arrangement for PM’s visit.

For the SC/ST hub scheme, which has already been announced in Union Budget and aims to promote the SC/ST MSME industrialists, Rs 490 crores have been earmarked, informed Mishra.

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The Z-effect scheme aims at providing more benefits to the industries that will seek Z-certification from MSME. Asked why Ludhiana was chosen to hold the event, Giriraj Singh said, “Polls have nothing to do with this event. Ludhiana is an industrial town and hence we wanted to launch the schemes from this town so as to boost Punjab industrialists who have contributed a lot to the country’s economy.”

Congress, meanwhile, has also planned a parallel protest on Chandigarh road where PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh would burn the effigy of ‘Chitta’ Raavan – with the image of CM Badal on it. However, Giriraj and Kalraj maintained that the Congress protest will have no effect on their event. Giriraj said: “Earlier Congress was burning the whole country and now they are burning effigies, so I don’t think it will effect even the common man.”

3,000 cops on PAU campus

Over 3,000 police personnel are on duty at Ludhiana’ s PAU ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the university campus. All but one gate of PAU have been sealed by Punjab Police with the campus out of bounds for outsiders till Tuesday. Rehris selling fruits and pottery items have also been turned away from Ferozepur road.

While BJP has erected hoardings across the city welcoming the PM, party workers’ entry will be restricted. BJP president Ravinder Arora said: “It is a Ministry event and workers will not be inside the campus. Only select office-bearers will attend the function.”