Maharashtra govt push for Start Up India scheme

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2016 01:29 IST

In a bid to boost the implementation of Centre’s ‘Start Up India’, the state government has decided to use its State Innovation Council for the programme.

The scheme was launched last month to promote entrepreneurship and job creation.

In a plan approved by the state cabinet on Tuesday, the state government has decided to use the resources of the council to boost the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the state.

Under the ‘Start Up India’ programme, the state government has short-listed sectors such as agriculture, horticulture, public health, education, technology, unconventional energy among others, which will be given priority. It has asked the council to prepare a roadmap of how it plans to encourage and facilitate the growth of the start-ups and entrepreneurship in the state.

The council, set up by the state government in 2014, was designed to promote innovative solutions and practices in various sectors. However, despite having the chief secretary as its chairman, the council has not been able to take off for a host of reasons.

The state government’s decision has reignited hopes that the council will be used to promote and facilitate the culture of start-ups.

“So far, innovation was being encouraged in isolated efforts by different stakeholders. There was no formal effort by us in a systematic manner to push this through,” said industries minister Subhash Desai.

He said the renewed push through the council will help ‘formalise’ the efforts. “With this council, we will be able to institutionalise our efforts. We have selected certain sectors and the innovation that comes from entrepreneurs will be fine-tuned and encouraged through this,” he added.

The state government is planning to hold various events through the district innovation councils and promote the culture of entrepreneurship. It also plans to come up with a state innovation policy.

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