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MSME ministry's five major schemes go online

Getting certification or bar code for a product or getting market assistance would relatively be easier now, as a small entrepreneur need not run around government departments anymore. Debobrat Ghose reports.

business Updated: Oct 20, 2011 22:34 IST
Debobrat Ghose

Getting certification or bar code for a product or getting market assistance would relatively be easier now, as a small entrepreneur need not run around government departments anymore.

In a bid to bring greater transparency and faster implementation, the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for the first time has put its five major schemes online. Right from receiving applications to its final execution - everything will be monitored online, within set deadlines.

The ministry has selected five schemes - product certification, bar code, marketing assistance, incubator and design clinic, which will be monitored by the office of development commissioner under the MSME ministry.

"This is an important step taken by the ministry to ensure faster implementation of schemes, so that an entrepreneur gets truly benefited without any hassle," outgoing MSME secretary Uday Kumar Varma told HT.

To avail these schemes, the entrepreneurs had to visit the offices concerned and go for paperwork - right from filing of applications to following up at the respective departments.

"At present, it is really cumbersome to get the benefit from product certification or marketing assistance scheme due to red-tapism, which leads to delays," said a small entrepreneur from Faridabad.