‘Procurement Policy will open large market for SMEs’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jan 2017 09:13:59

Business Bureau,

MSME-DI, Nagpur organised a State-level Vendor Development Programme in association with National Small Industries Corporation Ltd (NSIC) and supported by MMASS at MSME-DI. The main objective of this programme was to develop SC/ST vendors for the CPSUs under the Public Procurement Policy.

The policy has been announced by Government for the growth, development and promotion of MSEs in which minimum 20 per cent procurement is mandatory for purchase from micro, small enterprises out of which 4 per cent is reserved for SC/ST entrepreneurs.
These CPSUs are searching the local vendors to get spares and services annually required by them. At present they are procuring material from vendors out of State due to which the cost of transportation is added resulting in higher cost. The development of local suppliers will reduce the cost of spares and it will be beneficial to SMEs as well as CPSUs.

The programme provided a golden opportunity for MSEs to become suppliers to PSUs like WCL, MOIL etc. The programme was presided over by P M Parlewar, Director, MSME-DI, Nagpur. R M Tekam, Regional Manager, NSIC Ltd, P V Babu, DGM, WCL, Ajay V. Kolte, Deputy Chief, MOIL, Gautam Gavai, Chairman, and Brijesh Sharma, Consultant, MMASS, B.Vijay Kumar, Deputy Director, MSME-DI, Nagpur were present on dais.

In his address, Tekam appreciated the efforts taken by MSME-DI, Nagpur to bring awareness amongst the existing and prospective entrepreneurs regarding Public Procurement Policy by organising such type of programmes. He also spoke about the schemes of NSIC in brief.

Gavai in his address thanked MSME-DI Nagpur for creating awareness amongst the existing and prospective entrepreneurs of Vidarbha by organizing such type of programmes which will definitely be beneficial to SC/ST entrepreneurs of Vidarbha region.

In the presidential address, Parlewar appreciated the presence of entrepreneurs in large numbers. He stressed that the objective of Public Procurement Policy is to promote Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in big way. The policy aims at making mandatory all the Central Government ministries, departments and public sector undertakings to procure minimum 20 per cent of their annual purchases including services from MSEs a sub target of 20 per cent (i.e. 4 per cent out of 20 per cent) will earmarked for procurement from MSEs owned by the SC or ST entrepreneurs. “It will open a very large market and the SMEs should be gear up to avail opportunities,” he said. He also spoke about the effects of demonetisation on MSMEs. He said that demonetisation is definitely going to benefit the MSMEs in the long run. He appealed to all the participants to take maximum benefit from the schemes of MSME.

The CPSUs provided list of products for purchasing from vendors, the discussions were held between buyers and sellers regarding purchase procedure, vendor registration, documentation etc. Detailed discussions were held between buyers and sellers. After the inauguration, technical sessions were conducted. During the technical session, the representatives from WCL and MOIL, gave power point presentation on vendor registration procedure and their purchase procedure.

The CPSU officers advised entrepreneurs to visit their units to see the items required by them. A S Ghosh, Manager spoke on the various schemes of NSIC. The programme was conducted by M V K Jha, Inv. MSME-DI, co-ordinator of the programme. He also proposed vote of thanks.