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CUSAT findings on local enterprises soon

K. A. Martin

Prathyasa scheme aimed at generating at least 10,000 jobs

KOCHI: The Cochin University of Science and Technology is expected to release the findings of a detailed study on the prospects for new enterprises in Ernakulam district early January next. This is in tandem with a plan by the District Industries Centre (DIC) to launch entrepreneur conventions based on the findings of the study at the block levels that would bring together bankers and representatives of various governmental departments.

The entrepreneur meets, operating as a single-window clearance facility for new ventures, are being projected as the engine that would haul the enterprises train. These meets are expected to begin in the second week of January next year.

The study, commissioned by the DIC, is being carried out by the Department of Applied Economics, CUSAT, and is expected to go a long way in generating urgently needed data for planning new enterprises.

The initiative came from the DIC in the wake of the launch of the Prathyasa scheme aimed at generating at least 10,000 jobs under a minimum 2,500 new enterprises both in the service and industrial sectors. Prathyasa is an ambitious State-wide programme that hopes to launch at least 25,000 new enterprises over the next two years. Till the end of September, Ernakulam DIC had disbursed Rs.1.5 crores for new enterprises under the Prathyasa scheme for which a total of Rs.3 crores has been sanctioned.

The Centre received 4,673 applications from would-be entrepreneurs under the Prathyasa scheme. Of them, 4,513 made past a second screening and were found eligible for consideration under various employment generation schemes including the Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojana (PMRY).

The Industries Centre has recorded 458 disbursals to units that have shown big ranges in both size and variety of products. The sizes of the enterprises vary in terms of the total capital input from about Rs.50,000 a unit to Rs.50 lakhs and at the products level, the range is even more diverse. Among the units are an artificial limb-making one in Aluva, a wood-based industrial unit in Perumbavoor, a ready-made garments and electric cable making units at Angamaly.

Training programmes

An official of the DIC told The Hindu that there had been repeated requests from would-be entrepreneurs for training. In keeping with a new push towards enterprises creation and heeding to these requests, the DIC has launched a major campaign to train people in activities that they have inclinations for. The first of such training was given to carpenters, plumbers and electricians in collaboration with Mico-Bosch. Eighty people were given one-day training under the scheme.

The training comes in time with the Canara Bank launching a new scheme called Cantools for artisans, carpenters, automobile mechanics, electricians and plumbers to finance purchasing of power tools.

The Industries Centre has also tied up with the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) to train people in fish processing. Training programmes will be held in Paravoor and Kochi initially.

The DIC will also join hands with KINFRA and other agencies for providing food-processing training to people who want to launch food-processing units. Training in mushroom processing will be imparted to people in Paravoor and Moovattupuzha.

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