Development of Industrial Co-operatives
Registration of an Industrial cooperative society mainly the bye-laws framed by proposed cooperative society being formally accepted and sanctioned by the Director, M&SSE & Ex-officio Additional Register of Cooperative Societies on behalf of the State Government.
A society will be registered only after proposal for registration is forwarded by the Industrial Development Officer with his recommendation to the Director, M&SSE &Ex-officio Additional Register of Cooperative Societies through General Manager, District Industries Centre. But it should be noted that the norms may vary time to time as per order of the Register of Cooperative Societies. While forwarding a proposal, the Industrial Development Officer should see that the following conditions are fulfilled-
- the area of membership of the society should be contiguous, the unit being Ward (Municipality/Corporation Area) and Gram Panchayat;
- no member of the society should be involved in the same category of business which the society intends to do ;
- members of a society should belong to the same class and occupation;
- category of membership should be strictly adhered to (i.e. men cannot members of women` cooperative and so on);
- no apex or central society will be registered unless it has among its applicants at least six primary societies;
- every society should use the word ‘Limited’ at the end of the name of the society; and,
- ‘area of membership’ as per convention, of two similar types of societies should not overlap.
In addition to registration, this Directorate also extends financial assistance to the eligible running industrial cooperative societies in the form of Managerial Grants, Grants for Construction of Work shed & purchase of tools & equipment and Working capital loan.
Entrepreneurship Development Programme(EDP)
The Directorate takes initiative to facilitate the scope of employment by imparting skill based training among the unemployed budding youth. The chief purpose behind this exercise is to create the opportunity so that the unemployment youth could get training which is popularlyknow as EDP or Entrepreneurship Development Programme.
The EDP will be conducted through Training Centres managed reputed NGOs/Institutions as well as accredited training centres run by both State /Central Government like Multi Disciplinary Training Centre, West Bengal Consultancy Organisation etc.
This training aims in identifying the skill already latent in the inspiring trainees to develop certain skills related with the market oriented activities like production of new items, managing the business activities and also to increase the employability among the trainees.
MSME Cluster Development Programme UNDER STATE FUND
A cluster can be defined as a sectoral and geographical concentration of enterprises engaged in making same or similar products or services and there by facing same or similar opportunities and threats.
Cluster Development Programme is addressing problems of Cluster & thereby MSMEs and ensuring holistic development and increased competitiveness of the Cluster MSMEs through implementation of joint development activities.
The cluster development approach as a key strategy for enhancing the productivity and competitiveness as well as capacity building of Micro & Small Enterprises (MSEs) and their collectiveness in the state. A cluster is a group of enterprises located within an identifiable and as far as practicable, contiguous area and producing same /similar products/services.
In the district of Hooghly there are 16 nos. of Cluster registered of which eight cluster proposals for which Diagnostic Survey Report(DSR) has been prepared & soft intervention programme is going on.
Total No. of Cluster units in Hooghly Dist is 2174 with Employment of more than 21,330 and Investment (in lakh) of Rs.15,427/- and Sector Covered under CDP is Imitation Jewellery, Brass Bell Metal, Plastic based, Zari embroidery, clay pottery, silk screen printing, Leather based, Electrical and Electronics, Bamboo forest based, Hosiery garments, Rural craft based.
Land development and Boundary wall related work under process for the Cluster of Serampore Silk Screen printing Cluster and licence of lease agreement of land is under process with the SPV of Bali Goghat Brass Metal Cluster and after resolving the same both this Cluster will go for DPR to enter into Hard Intervention for creating CFC, Modern technology etc.
Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) scheme launched in 2005 for regeneration of traditional industries, identified clusters in Khadi, Village Industries and Coir sector with a view to make these industries more productive and competitive and increases the employment opportunity in rural and semi- urban areas. The objective of the scheme is to establish a regenerated cluster based development of traditional industries in Khadi, village and coir sectors. KVIC is the nodal agency of this scheme.
Rural Entrepreneurs Hub
To provide extended support to the unorganized rural entrepreneur of West Bengal in a structured manner, a Scheme, Rural Entrepreneurship Hub (REH) came into force in 2017-18 with a view to strengthening the rural economy and entrepreneurship to the rural youth. Prime objectives of the scheme is to promote Rural Industries and develop Entrepreneurship by using locally produced/available raw material and selling in the local and surrounding market areas and to promote startups for innovations in Agro based and Tradisional industries and to generate employment.
The REHs are registered under Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd. in a hassle free manner by the Dte. of MSME through DICs and provide support by Training, Distribution of Tool Kits, Design Development, Improved Packaging and marketing.
In Hooghly district 04 nos. of REHs are registered and doing their business and engaged in their activity with 88 nos. of primary members and generate employment in the remote areas. DIC Hooghly and IDOs posted in the Block Development Office give their extended support to the existing and proposed REH for ensuing holistic development.
Sector covered under REH in Hooghly district in the field of Garments, Leather, Chikon embroidery, spice grinding and agro based.
Old Age Pension to Handicrafts and Village Industries Artisans
The Directorate of Micro, Small & Medium enterprises has been implementing the scheme for providing Old Age Pension to Handicrafts and Village Industries Artisans in recognition to their contribution in the craft those who fulfil the following conditions:
- He has attained 60 years of age and is a permanent resident of West Bengal;
- He has worked for at least 10 years in manufacture of handicrafts and village industries products and has been earning his livelihood as a handicrafts or a village industry artisan either independently or in a registered society, co-operative, voluntary organization;
- He has no source of income and he is not in a position to earn his livelihood;
- He has no relation who can maintain him;
- He has been a resident of West Bengal for not less than 10 years on the date of making application;
- He is not receiving any pension from the State Government or Government of India
The rate of pension is Rs. 1000/- per month and the target is 160.
Awards to Handicraft Artisans & Celebration of Handicraft Week
In order to encourage the handicraft artisans for creation of better and innovative products, the Directorate of Micro & Small Scale Enterprises has been organizing District Level Handicrafts Competition in each district and State Level Handicrafts Competition in Kolkata in every year. Cash prize and a certificate are given to each of 12 selected artisans at the district level and 75 selected artisans at the state level.
Marketing Support to the Handicrafts Artisans (Fair/Exhibition)
In order to promote sale of handicrafts products made by the artisans of this State there is a scheme implemented by this Directorate for providing financial assistance in the form of grants for reimbursement of TA/DA to the handicraft artisans for participation in different fairs/expos and exhibition organised by this Directorate in and outside of West Bengal.