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Schemes for self-employed

Jorhat, Dec. 18: Upper Assam commissioner S.I. Hussain today asked the North East Small Scale Industries Association (Nessia) to furnish a list to the government regarding the number of trainees who had successfully set up enterprises after undergoing training programmes in various courses enabling them to become self-employed.

Addressing the valedictory function of two separate training sessions on food processing and soap, detergents and household products, Hussain also advised the trainees to avail the facilities given by the government in food processing by preparing projects and submitting them through the local district industries and commerce centres (DICCs).

“Ever since Nessia had been established in 1992, it has been imparting training in different courses like mushroom, black smithy, bell metal and now, most importantly, in food processing and in soap, detergents and household products. I would like the organisation to list the people who have become self-employed and set up small enterprises by benefiting from such training. This can be given to the district industries and commerce centre general manger so that we can further identify them and work on projects,” Hussain said.

He pointed out that for the first time the Centre had allotted a food-processing park for Assam, which should be taken advantage of by the trainees, “who should submit projects”.

Hussain asked the DICC general manger here, N.K. Talukdar, to play a proactive role in furthering the interest of the would-be entrepreneurs as the government had many schemes and subsidies available for micro and small enterprises.

Nessia secretary Niren Sharma said a list would be given to the DICC at the earliest and there were also plans to market the produce through a counter, Sarvodoi — to be set up near the Nessia office at the Mukti Jujaru Bhawan.

Giving a different take on setting up a business, Kamal Jyoti Bhuyan, deputy director, MSME Development Institute, Diphu branch (which sponsored the training), said dependence on the government for everything was not advisable.

“In order to succeed one must maintain balancesheets and have accountability,” he said.

Bhuyan said usually such training programmes threw up very few entrepreneurs “either because the selection of candidates was wrong or because we did not have the capability of being entrepreneurs”.

Talukdar, who also addressed the valedictory meet, said more than 80 per cent of enterprises in the country were in the micro and small sector and since Assam’s economy was agriculture dependent, this was the sector in which the state could move ahead. However, it was true that capital formation was lacking in Assam and therefore dependence on bank loans was necessitated.

At the outset, a resource person had pointed out that chemicals used to make soaps, detergents and other household products were scarce in the market and that bank loans were not for the have-nots, as they were unwilling to lend for such enterprises, besides there were many bottlenecks to avail a loan.