“SAMARTH” initiative launched to support women-owned MSMEs with skill Development and Market Development Assistance , to train more than 7,500 women candidates from rural and sub-urban areas in the FY 2022-23.
The Government has taken a number of steps to support MSMEs, including women owned enterprises in the country and for increasing participation in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises such as:
- Special drives for registration of women owned MSMEs under Udyam Registration Portal have been undertaken during 2022-23 and more than 2 lakh women owned MSMEs have registered on the portal during the special drives.
- To benefit women entrepreneurs, the Public Procurement Policy was amended in 2018 mandating Central Ministries/Departments/ Undertakings to procure at least 3% of their annual procurement from women entrepreneurs.
- To support Women Entrepreneurs under Credit Guarantee Scheme for Micro & Small Enterprises, two provisions have been introduced for women entrepreneurs w.e.f. 01.12.2022. These are:
- 10% concession in annual Guarantee fees; and
- 10 % additional Guarantee coverage of up to 85%, as against the 75 % for other entrepreneurs.
- To encourage entrepreneurship among women, Ministry of MSME implements ‘Skill Upgradation & Mahila Coir Yojana’ under Coir Vikas Yojana, which is an exclusive training program aimed at skill development of women artisans engaged in the Coir sector.
- The Ministry also implements Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), which is a major credit-linked subsidy programme aimed at generating self-employment opportunities through establishment of micro enterprises in the non-farm sector by helping traditional artisans and rural/urban unemployed youth. Out of the total PMEGP beneficiaries, 39% are women and they are provided higher subsidy (upto 35%) vis-a-vis non-special category (upto 25%).
- Participation of women entrepreneurs in trade fairs under Procurement & Marketing Support Scheme is subsidized 100% vis-a-vis 80% for other entrepreneurs.
- “SAMARTH” initiative has been launched to support women-owned MSMEs with the objective of providing Skill Development and Market Development Assistance to women and to train more than 7,500 women candidates from rural and sub-urban areas in the FY 2022-23. Under SAMARTH, aspiring and existing women entrepreneurs have been provisioned with 20% Seats in free Skill Development Programs organized under Skill Development Schemes of the Ministry; 20% of MSME Business Delegations for domestic & international exhibitions under the schemes for Marketing Assistance implemented by Ministry; and 20% discount on annual processing fee on NSIC’s Commercial Schemes.
The State-wise details of women owned MSMEs registered under Udyam Portal since its inception till 17.03.2023 is given at Annexure-I.
The Government has taken a number of recent initiatives under Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan to support the MSME sector for all categories including women in the country especially COVID-19 Pandemic. Some of these include:
- Rs. 5.00 lakh crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for businesses, including MSMEs;
- Rs. 50,000 crore equity infusion through Self Reliant India (SRI) Fund;
- New revised criteria for classification of MSMEs;
- No global tenders for procurement up to Rs. 200 crores;
- “Udyam Registration” for MSMEs, for Ease of Doing Business;
- Launching of an online Portal “Champions” in June, 2020 to cover many aspects of e- governance including redressing grievances and handholding of MSMEs;
- Inclusion of retail and wholesale traders as MSMEs;
- Non-tax benefits extended for 3 years in case of an upward change in status of MSMEs.
- Launch of Udyam Assist Platform (UAP) on 11.01.2023 to bring Informal Micro Enterprises (IMEs) under the formal ambit for availing the benefit under Priority Sector Lending (PSL).
|State-wise total Women owned MSME registered & classified under Udyam since inception on 01.07.2020 till 17.03.2023|
|29||ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS||2,144||26||2||2,172|
|32||JAMMU AND KASHMIR||39,175||313||11||39,499|
|36||THE DADRA AND NAGAR HAVELI AND DAMAN AND DIU||1,951||81||5||2,037|
This information was given by the Minister of State for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
Source : https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1909928