The recently concluded Make in India summit in Mumbai saw over 1,396 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) pledging investment worth Rs 10,000 crore for Pune district.
Sadashiv Survase, state’s joint director (industries), said the District Industries Centre (DIC) would soon be setting up the Regional Maitry Centre to help SMEs set up their units in the district.
Along with the big boys, SMEs play an important role in the industrial landscape of the area. Areas like Chakan, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Ranjangaon have seen a number of SMEs setting up units to complete the industrial ecosystem in the area.
At present, the district has 32,000 SMEs and 753 large operational units. The projected employment potential from these units is more than 41,725 jobs.
The Regional Maitry Centre, Survase said, would help the SMEs clear all the required processes to set up their units. “Around 8-9 clearances are required from various departments for setting up of new industrial units. We will be hand-holding the SMEs in getting the same,” he said.
While each clearance is supposed to be issued in a time-bound manner, industries have always complained of the long pendency that plagues the process.
Survase said that in case of delay, the DIC authority would issue the clearance on behalf of the authorities. The state has already passed the Right to Services Act, which makes it mandatory for public authorities to deliver services in a time-bound manner, which includes clearances for industries also.
Other than employment generation, another important reason for a special Maitry centre is the better conversion rate of SME MoUs. Senior officials of DIC said SME MoUs had a conversion rate of more than 98 per cent. Survase said the DIC would also focus on wooing SMEs for the district. “We have been getting good response from the sector also,” he said.
Figures since 2006 show that when it comes to conversion of MoUs, the district has a good track record. Of the 125 large units which had signed MoUs for setting up of units, 84 have started production resulting in an investment of Rs 54,209 crore and generating 82,600 jobs.
Another 34 are about to go live shortly with investment of Rs 16,197 crore and generating employment for 201,190 people. Of the handful who had dropped out included the proposed research and development unit of Dow Chemicals.