FAQ

Q.11. What support is provided by the Ministry to adopt latest Quality Management Standards and Quality Technology Tools (QMS/QTT)?

Under the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP) Scheme, one component is “Enabling MSME manufacturing sector to be competitive through Quality Management Standards/Quality Technology Tools (QMS/QTT)” was initiated in the XIth Five year plan. The main objective of the scheme is to sensitize and encourage MSEs to adopt latest Quality Management Standards/Quality Technology Tools (QMS/QTT) and to keep a watch on sectoral developments by undertaking the stated activities.The major activities under the Scheme are as:a)Introduction of appropriate course modules for technical institutionsb)Organizing awareness campaigns for micro & small enterprises.c)Organising competition–watch (c-watch).d)Implementation of quality management standards and quality technology tools in selected micro & small enterprises. e)Monitoring international study missions.

Q.12. What support is provided by the Ministry for promotion of Information & Communication Tools (ICT) in MSME Sector?

The Ministry implements the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scheme to encourage and assist Indian MSMEs to adopt ICT Tools and Applications in their production and business processes , and thereby improve their productivity and competitiveness in National and International Market. For further details please visitDownload The file ( bytes) in Icon.

Q.13. What support is provided by the Ministry for setting up Business Incubators ?

The Ministry implements the Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of SME’s Through Incubators”. The main purpose of the scheme is to nurture innovative business ideas (new/indigenous technology, processes, products, procedures, etc), which could be commercialized in a year. Under the Scheme, financial assistance between 75% to 85% of the project cost upto maximum of Rs. 8 lakh per idea/unit, provided to Business Incubators (BIs). The BIs are also eligible to avail Rs. 3.78 lakh for infrastructure and training expenses for incubating 10 ideas. Any individual or Micro and Small Industries (MSEs) that has innovative business idea at near commercialisation stage can approach the Business Incubators approved under the scheme. Under the scheme, various institutions like Engineering Colleges, Management Institutions, Research labs, etc. that have in-house incubation facilities and faculty for providing handholding support to new idea/entrepreneur can apply in the prescribed application form. For further details please visit Download The file ( bytes) in Icon.

Q.14. What support is provided by the Ministry for setting up Business Incubators ?

The Ministry implements the Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of SME’s Through Incubators”. The main purpose of the scheme is to nurture innovative business ideas (new/indigenous technology, processes, products, procedures, etc), which could be commercialized in a year. Under the Scheme, financial assistance between 75% to 85% of the project cost upto maximum of Rs. 8 lakh per idea/unit, provided to Business Incubators (BIs). The BIs are also eligible to avail Rs. 3.78 lakh for infrastructure and training expenses for incubating 10 ideas. Any individual or Micro and Small Industries (MSEs) that has innovative business idea at near commercialisation stage can approach the Business Incubators approved under the scheme. Under the scheme, various institutions like Engineering Colleges, Management Institutions, Research labs, etc. that have in-house incubation facilities and faculty for providing handholding support to new idea/entrepreneur can apply in the prescribed application form. For further details please visit Download The file ( bytes) in Icon.

Q.15. Whether there is any scheme for assisting MSMEs for Intellectual Property Rights ?

Under the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP) to enhance the competitiveness of the SMEs sector, O/o DC(MSME) is implementing a scheme “Building Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)” for the MSME. The objective of the scheme is to enhance awareness of MSME about Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) to take measure for the protecting their ideas and business strategies. Accordingly, to enable the MSME sector to face the present challenges of liberalisation, various activities on IPR are being implemented under this scheme. For further details please visit Download The file ( bytes) in Icon.

Q.16 . Is there support available for obtaining ISO certification?

The Ministry is implementing the ISO: 9001/14001/HACCP Certification Reimbursement Scheme for Micro & Small Enterprises (MSEs) for reimbursement of certification expenses, only to those MSEs which have acquired Quality Management Systems (QMS)/ISO 9001 and /or Environment Management Systems (EMS)/ ISO14001and / or Food Safety Systems (HACCP) Certification. Under the scheme provides reimbursement of 75% of the certification expenses up to a maximum of Rs.75,000/- (Rupees seventy five thousand only) to each unit as one-time reimbursement only to those MSEs which have acquired Quality Management Systems (QMS)/ISO 9001 and /or Environment Management Systems (EMS)/ ISO14001and / or Food Safety Systems (HACCP) Certification. For further details please visit Download The file ( bytes) in Icon.

Q.17. What support is provided by the Ministry for enabling MSMEs to get credit rating?

The Ministry is implementing the Performance & Credit Rating Scheme, the main objective of the which is to provide a trusted third party opinion on the capabilities and creditworthiness of the MSEs so as to create awareness amongst them about the strengths and weakness of their existing operations. This is to provide them an opportunity to improve and enhance their organizational strengths and credit worthiness, so that they can access credit at cheaper rates and on easy terms. NSIC was appointed as nodal agency to implement the scheme on behalf of the Government. Rating under the scheme is being carried out through empanelled rating agencies i.e. Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL), Credit Analysis & Research Limited (CARE), Onicra Credit Rating Agency of India Ltd. (ONICRA), Small and Medium Enterprises Rating Agency of India Ltd. (SMERA), ICRA limited and Brickwork India Ratings. Under this Scheme, rating fee payable by the micro and small enterprises is subsidized for the first year only and that is subject to maximum of 75% of the fee or Rs. 40000/-, whichever is less.

Q.18. What support is provided by the Ministry for assisting training institutions?

The Ministry is implementing the Assisting to Training Institutions Scheme which envisages financial assistance for establishment of new institutions (EDIs), strengthening the infrastructure of the existing EDIs and for supporting entrepreneurship and skill development activities. The main objectives of the scheme are development of indigenous entrepreneurship from all walks of life for developing new micro and small enterprises, enlarging the entrepreneurial base and encouraging self-employment in rural as well as urban areas, by providing training to first generation entrepreneurs and assisting them in setting up of enterprises. The assistance shall be provided to these training institutions in the form of capital grant for creation/strengthening of infrastructure and programme support for conducting entrepreneurship development and skill development programmes.

Q.19. What support is provided by the Ministry for participation of MSMEs in international events?

Under the International Cooperation Scheme, financial assistance is provided on reimbursement basis to the State/Central Government organizations, industries/enterprises Associations and registered societies/trusts and organizations associated with MSME for deputation of MSME business delegation to other countries for exploring new areas of MSMEs, participation by Indian MSMEs in international exhibitions, trade fairs, buyer seller meet and for holding international conference and seminars which are in the interest of MSME sectors. Eligible beneficiary organizations can apply to the Ministry directly to avail the assistance under IC Scheme as per Scheme Guidelines. For further details please visit Download The file ( bytes) in Icon.

Q.19. What support is provided by the Ministry for participation of MSMEs in international events?

Under the International Cooperation Scheme, financial assistance is provided on reimbursement basis to the State/Central Government organizations, industries/enterprises Associations and registered societies/trusts and organizations associated with MSME for deputation of MSME business delegation to other countries for exploring new areas of MSMEs, participation by Indian MSMEs in international exhibitions, trade fairs, buyer seller meet and for holding international conference and seminars which are in the interest of MSME sectors. Eligible beneficiary organizations can apply to the Ministry directly to avail the assistance under IC Scheme as per Scheme Guidelines. For further details please visit Download The file ( bytes) in Icon.

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