Are you having trouble securing fire licence?
Is there a problem in marketing your products?
Has getting loan for an expansion been difficult?
Calcutta, Sept. 6: The state government will set up “clinics” at a six-day conclave in Calcutta to address such problems being faced by the owners of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).
The conclave — Synergy MSME 2013 — will be held at the Milan Mela grounds off EM Bypass from September 16 to 21.
The conclave, billed the first of its kind anywhere in India, is part of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s focus on industrial rejuvenation of Bengal in the aftermath of the resounding victory in the panchayat polls.
At the meeting with industrialists, including Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai last month, Mamata had said the plan to focus on the MSME sector was conceived to complement her government’s efforts of attracting big industries to Bengal.
“There are not many heavy industries in Bengal for a variety of reasons. Micro, small and medium-scale and textile industries, on the other hand, contribute significantly to the state’s economy and play a major role in employment generation,” said Rajiv Sinha, principal secretary, MSME and textiles.
Three state government departments — labour, technical education and MSME — along with chambers of commerce, banks and non-banking financial institutions will organise the conclave aimed at facilitating investments in the MSME sector and tackling problems entrepreneurs are facing.
Like any other business conclave, Synergy MSME 2013, which will be inaugurated by the chief minister, will have workshops and discussions with experts in the plenary sessions, officials said.
But the main attraction of the six-day conclave will be the clinics, which will address specific problems being faced by the MSME sector.
The clinics will have representatives of various government departments such as fire, environment, labour, power and land. They will also have representative of banks, chambers of commerce and venture capital funds.
“Usually, there are no redress mechanisms at such events. The participating entrepreneurs listen to a lot of experts and go home. They don’t know what to do or whom to approach for specific problems. The Synergy conclave seeks to change that and also provide the opportunity of interaction,” a representative of a city-based chamber of commerce said.
As the focus is on developing the MSME sector, the organisers are planning to get marketing and branding experts who will provide inputs to entrepreneurs on ways to reach out to potential customers.
Sources in the government said there was a mandate from the chief minister’s office to make the show a success. The two editions of investor summit Bengal Leads in Calcutta and Haldia had failed to deliver desired results.
“This is a welcome move by the government…. But events like this alone cannot help the growth of MSMEs. The two major problems the sector is facing are labour unrest because of factionalism in Trinamul unions and extortion by the ruling party at factories,” said the representative of the city-based chamber of commerce.
Although the chief minister has asked her party supporters to refrain from disruptive politics and told businessmen not to give in to extortion demands, the chambers of commerce often receive complaints from members about the two problems.