New policy for women entrepreneurs will be game changer: Desai

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Dec 2017 09:51:11


Business Bureau,

Highlighting the special features of the new industrial policy of the State Government for women entrepreneurs, Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai on Tuesday said that it would create conducive atmosphere for the weaker sex and help them set up their own ventures. He was speaking at a seminar organised to create awareness on the newly-launched policy aimed at boosting and encouraging female entrepreneurship in the State.

Pravin Pote-Patil, Minister of State for Industries and Mining; Dr Harshadeep Kamble, Development Commissioner (Industries); Atul Pande, President of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA); Dr Suhas Buddhe, Secretary of VIA; Akash Agrawal, Chairman of VIA Entrepreneurship Forum; two successful lady entrepreneurs - Shilpa Agrawal and Nisha Sonare, and Hemant Waghmare, District Project Officer, MCED; and Sachi Mallick, Chairperson of VIA-LEW were present on the occasion.

Desai further said, Maharashtra is the first State in the country to roll out special policy for women. “It is because, we firmly believe that women have the potential to run enterprises quite efficiently. They are very good managers and possess the extra ordinary skill of multi-tasking. And with the new policy in place, we are now quite optimistic that more and more women entrepreneurs will come forward and scale new highs in field that is hitherto dominated by males,” he said adding that the policy will be a game changer for Maharashtra’s women.

While elaborating on the scheme, he urged aspiring women entrepreneurs to be the ‘job giver’ instead of ‘job seeker.’ “Time has changed as the Government is actively supporting women. Now you can think of setting up your own enterprise. Government will provide you finance, reserve land for women entrepreneurs in industrial zones and also provide power at subsidised rates,” he said.

Though the Government has already launched the policy, Desai said, he is open to make changes in it as and when required. “In fact, we are inviting suggestions and objections from the women entrepreneurs so that the policy could be altered and large section of women could avail its benefits,” he said.

Pote-Patil said that every girl should be self reliant. “Gone are the days when women used to confine herself in the four walls of house and we expect her to perform only domestic work. Girls are learning skills and they have proved that that they could easily handle business,” he said.
In his introductory remark, Kamble said that Government has incorporated various initiatives to promote entrepreneurship among all sections of the society. “Right from women belonging to the weaker sections to those associated with self help groups, there are schemes for all in the new policy,” he said.

Women setting up units in Vidarbha’s Naxal-affected districts may avail a capital grant of up to 35 per cent of the total project cost or up to Rs 1 crore, he added. The seminar organised at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Auditorium at Dikshabhoomi in the city, jointly by Directorate of Industries, VIA and Maharashtra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (MCED) saw participation of large numbers of Ladies Wing of VIA, women entrepreneurs and girls students.