The full potential of MSMED Act, 2006 has not been realized yet, said Mr Madhav Lal, Secretary, Ministry for MSME while addressing the Award for “Responsible Indian BMOs”. He was referring to various problems being faced by MSMEs and their solutions. He said that the Ministry is the natural partners of the Business Member Organizations (BMOs). “We are with you and we promise to do advocacy as best as we can”, said Mr Madhav Lal.
A good number of BMOs participated in the function from across the country. Seven Awards were given away in various categories at the Cluster/District, State and National levels. Special Awards were given to Dr HP Kumar, former CMD, NSIC and Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran, Director, Sustainable Development Outreach Division, TERI for their contribution to the development of the MSME sector. Mr Rajive Chawla received the Awards for Iamsme India.
Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC) has set up the Awards to sensitize and encourage more BMOs to promote responsible business practices. The Awards attempt to promote the good work done in doing “responsible business” by BMOs among technical and support institutions, government organizations and other BMOs.
Addressing the Awards, Mr Mukesh Gulati Executive Director, FMC said that the purpose of the Awards to motivate BMOs to come up with responsible business practices. He dubbed the Awards “silent Revolution” and said that this is just the beginning and FMC would take this further in coming years. Former Secretary, Ministry of Government of India, Mr SK Tuteja was the Chairperson of jury.
Earlier, Prof YK Alagh, Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat and Former Chairperson, FMC said that there are legal and financial issues that hinder MSME progress in the country. He pointed out that BMOs are an important part of Make In India and developing a vision in this regard would help realizing the objectives.
A booklet Promoting Responsible Business by BMOs presenting the case studies was also released on the occasion.
Notable BMOs who participated included Ajmer Zila Laghu Udhyog Sangh (AZLUS), Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP), Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka (AWAKE), Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT), Federation of Indian Coir Exporters Associations, Integrated Association of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises of India, jaipur Integrated Texcraft Park (P) Ltd, Southern India Engineering Manufacturers Association (SIEMA) Coimbatore, Tirupur Export Knitware Industrial Complex (TEKIC) and Industries Association of Uttarkhand (IAU).