Imphal: To promote entrepreneurship and make development reach all sections of society, especially the marginalized groups, including SC/ST entrepreneurs, National SC-ST Hub Conclave was held on Friday at EBC Gospel Centenary Hall, New Lamka, Churachandpur.
The conclave was organized by the ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) along the lines of the Public Procurement Policy, 2012.
Union minister of state Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma highlighted the NSSH schemes and other schemes of the ministry. He said the National SC/ST Hub (NSSH) would provide professional support to the SC/ST enterprises and work towards the development of new entrepreneurs to participate in the public procurement process leveraging on the ‘Stand up India’ programme.
The minister assured that support and mentoring services will be provided to selected entrepreneurs by industry experts, CPSEs, and incubators.
Highlighting the achievements of state government through this programme, Manipur textiles, commerce and industry minister Nemcha Kipgen, expressed her anticipations that the conclave will improve the lives of many people belonging to SC/ST communities and will play an integral role in the development of the state and the country’s economy.
Awards were given to the top three entrepreneurs and stores were set up to showcase the numerous products of different entrepreneurs in the state.
The National SC/ST Hub is an initiative of the Government of India targeted towards developing a supportive ecosystem for SC/ST entrepreneurs.
Sharath Chandra Arroju, deputy commissioner, Shivanand Surve, SP, and officials from different government departments attended the conclave apart from entrepreneurs and other beneficiaries.