Food processing entrepreneurs in the region no longer have to run to Delhi to get their projects sanctioned as the process has been decentralised under the National Mission on Food Processing.
The mission, launched by the ministry of food processing industries during the Twelfth Plan, is aimed at decentralising implementation of the ministryís schemes with substantial participation of state governments.
The Northeast has been allotted a sum of Rs 15 crore this fiscal for the mission, for which the department of industries and commerce has been identified as the nodal implementing agency in Assam. The North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (Neramac) will oversee project management under the mission in the entire region.
The first meeting of the mission was held in Guwahati recently and was chaired by secretary in the ministry of food processing industries, Rakesh Kacker. Neramac managing director S. Bhattacharjee, joint secretary in the ministry, U. Venkateswarlu, principal secretary, Industries and Commerce department Assam, R. T. Jindal, director in the ministry, Capt. Sanjay Gahlot and assistant industrial adviser to the ministry, Surendra Singh.
Mission directors, directors of industries and commerce, senior officials of the states of the region and representatives of all major banks and NEDFi also attended the meeting.
Rakesh Kacker hailed Neramacís efforts in acting as a bridge between the ministry and the regionís states, as it had all the prerequisites for promoting food processing and guiding all states to effectively implement relevant schemes. He said the corporation had been appointed as the project management agency for implementation of the mission in the region.
He invited inputs on the subject from all states to ensure a more customised implementation of the scheme. He also asked banks to initiate appropriate measures to ease lending procedures under the scheme and take up the problems discussed with their respective head-offices.
The ministryís joint secretary, U. Venkateswarlu, gave a presentation on the mission and answered questions of participants from various northeastern states.
All the state mission directors shared their inputs on problems and challenges in implementation of schemes under the mission and looked forward to its successful implementation.