Gangtok, 25 Apr: Union Minister of State (Independent charge), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, Giriraj Singh, visited small-scale enterprises - Jodicos Bakery, Syari, Washer Dry-cleaning, Lower Burtuk and Mountain Pure, Lower Burtuk - in and around Gangtok today..
While visiting these units, the Minister said, "Ministry is going to launch new scheme under Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) i.e Technology Upgradation Scheme where MSME will give Rs. 1 Crore loan where Rs.15 lakh will be subsidy".
The Minister urged the entrepreneurs to avail this scheme in the coming days.
While interacting with the team at Mountain Pure drinking water plant in Lower Burtuk, the Minister suggested that they go with premium bottled water as well so that it captures local and national markets. He suggested mint and tulsi flavours and fragrances.
The Minister said that people are now more health conscious and this has huge scope. He asked Mountain Pure to send their employee for training at Fragrance and Flavour Development Centre (FFDC), Kannauj, under the Ministry of MSME to learn premium water bottling.
Later in the day, the Minister attended a sensitisation programme on Women Empowerment Development at ICAR-Complex Pakyong as chief guest. The program was organised by ICAR- National Research Centre of Orchid, Pakyong.
While addressing orchid growers and Self Help Groups of Pakyong and surrounding areas, the Union Minister said “I want to develop agro-cluster in this area and I want agriculture institutions to support farmers. These institutions should provide a platform for farmers for marketing of Orchid in national and international markets.”
Union Minister directed ICAR and Agriculture College Ranipool to set up a recognised platform which will benefit farmers and suggested development of Nursery on public private partnership mode. He assured that the Ministry under his charge will extend all help and support for the welfare of farmers.