‘COSIA takes up MSMEs problems with Govt agencies’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Apr 2018 10:53:44



Business Bureau,

COSIA launches Vidarbha chapter

Mayank Shukla appointed Chairman

The Chamber of Small Industry Associations (COSIA) is the National Chamber of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and is championing the cause of MSMEs since 1990. After successfully operating it liaison offices in Eastern, Western, Southern, Northern and North East India, COSIA opened its branch in Nagpur with an objective of development of
Vidarbha region.

Mayank Shukla was appointed Chairman of COSIA, Vidarbha Chapter. The other members in the COSIA Nagpur Chapter are S M Patwardhan, Shekhar Bendre, Arun Lanjewar, Vipul Panchmatiya, Sunil Jejani and Manish Sanghvi.

Addressing a press conference after being elected, Mayank Shukla who is also Past President of MIDC Industries Association, Hingna, Nagpur said, it was felt that though the issues pertaining to MSMEs are being raised at various levels by local industrial associations, they lack vigorous follow up with various Government bodies at State and national level and thus the issue remians unresolved for years.

Dr M R Khambete said, COSIA has more than 300 affiliated associations at district and state levels with liaison offices spread over Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Odisha, Assam, Rajasthan, Punjab, Karnataika and Pondicherry.
He said, there is urgent need for MSME representation. The contribution of MSMEs to India’s development is stupendous. MSMEs contribute 8 per cent to the national GDP, 40 per cent of the manufacturing output and around 45 per cent of the exports. The contribution to employment is upward of 80 per cent of the total manufacturing sector employment. “Despite these contributions and even a Ministry for MSMEs, the fact remains that many of their genuine grievances related to infrastructure, regulations, taxation etc., remain unaddressed. It is in these areas the COSIA has been valiantly fighting on behalf of MSMEs to constantly reform the system,” he said.

Dr Khambete said, it does this through representations and linkages with Government at the State and Central levels and by creating a fund of knowledge in various areas such as labour laws, taxation, infrastructure etc. “Its great contribution to the removal of Octroi from Maharashtra is well known. What is not so well known is its role in disseminating information about GST to the large number of associations, publishing the book--A Practical Guide on GST-- by Advocate Sanjay Dwivedi and having many of its suggestions accepted in meeting with the Finance Ministry officials,” he said.

COSIA has given skill development training to 3,000 candidates and all have been given job by COSIA members. Such type of training will be given by Vidarbha Chapter too, he said.

Prominently present at the press conference were Dharmu Vanjani, Treasurer of COSIA, Nipur Mehta, Joint Secretary, Ninad Jaywant, General Secretary, Purushottam Agwan, Vice-President and Pravin Mistry, Chairman of Pune Chapter and Dr Basole.