Haryana government said the Centre has given its approval to set up 10 clusters to boost the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector in the state. "Special focus is being laid on the traditional clusters, rural functional clusters and thrust or focus clusters," Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said. The central government has accorded approval for setting up of six clusters and in principal approval has been granted for four clusters of MSMEs, he added.
He said there are a total of 92,525 MSMEs in the state and out of these 2,835 such units have been set up during last 15 months tenure of present state government. These have catalyzed an investment of Rs 2,297 crore and provided employment to 50,730 youth in the State. He said that special emphasis is being laid on 'Make in Haryana' on the pattern of 'Make in India' programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The state government has implemented new Enterprises Promotion Policy - 2015. He said the aim is to exceed the growth rate of State's Gross Domestic Product by more than eight per cent, create employment opportunities for four lakh youth and attracting investment of Rs 1 lakh crore. Khattar was speaking at a Regional Conclave on MSMEs, Northern Region organised by Union Ministry of MSMEs in Chandigarh.
The conclave was presided over by union minister Kalraj Mishra. Describing MSMEs as the backbone of any State, he said the state government, under its new Enterprises Promotion Policy, has identified a number of areas for setting up of MSMEs. These included auto, auto components and light engineering, agro-based, food processing and allied industry, textiles, apparel, knitting, embroidery, technical textiles, footwear and accessories, electronics and IT/ITES, defence and aerospace manufacturing, renewable energy and solar parks, pharmaceutical and chemical industry.
MSMEs not only provide maximum employment opportunities to the youth with less investment but also ensure industrialisation in the rural areas, he added. He said that under this policy, emphasis has been laid on minimising the cost of business to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and promote MSMEs. He said that for the rejuvenation and protection of traditional industries, Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) has been implemented in the State. Similarly, the youth were encouraged to set up MSMEs under the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme.
"We are committed to create an atmosphere of ease of doing business", said the Chief Minister adding that for this, various processes have been simplified by using Information Technology at a large scale. He said that minimum inspection and maximum facilities is the base of our new Enterprises Promotion Policy.