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Lean manufacturing programme on anvil to improve MSME competitiveness

New Delhi, Apr 21 (KNN) The Quality Council of India (QCI) and the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) have been appointed as the National Monitoring and Implementing Units (NMIU) for the government's ambitious project to improve competitiveness of the MSME through a programme called 'Lean manufacturing Competitiveness Scheme' (LMCS). 
The scheme will be implemented in 500 mini clusters spread across the country during the 12th Plan period.
Under the Scheme, MSMEs will be assisted in reducing their manufacturing costs through proper personnel management, better space utilization, scientific inventory management, improved process flows, reduced engineering time and so on with the application of LM techniques. The scheme is basically a business initiative to reduce “waste” in manufacturing.
The basic rationale of the government for undertaking lean manufacturing is to enhance their productivity and competitiveness through the application of various techniques like reduction of wastages in manufacturing processes, inventory management, space management and energy consumption.

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Commissioner (MSME-DC) has conceived a three tier structure including a screen and steering committee (SSC), NMUI, implementing agency and mini cluster/DPG/sub group/special purpose vehicle to implement the scheme.

At the highest level, SSC will guide, review, monitor and provide overall direction for implementation of the scheme and will be headed by the MSME-DC.
NMIU will be responsible for facilitating, implementation and monitoring of the scheme.
The unit will be required to deal with a number of mini clusters and their technical issues, take decisions on the matters of productivity, preparation of reports, recommendations of clusters for approvals, progress etc.
Apart from other responsibilities as NMUI in the scheme, QCI will also be responsible for empanelment of lean manufacturing consultant for the scheme and it is seeking partnership from eligible individual consultants and consulting organisations.

With the advent of globalisation, the competition in the manufacturing sector is ever increasing. In this competitive environment, the enterprises need to adopt efficient practice to sustain. While the big industries usually have dedicated funds and resources for innovation and efficiency, the small and medium enterprises have hardly any time or resource for this important but not so direct activity. With the view to help these industries gain efficiency, the MSME ministry has launched LMCS.

The LM techniques also result in reduction in rejection, standardization of processes, better layout of machines resulting in reduced transportation of products during manufacturing, etc.
Implementation of LM techniques has a lot of social benefits in terms of training of labour, creation of knowledge, increased labour productivity, lower input costs to other industries, introduction of new production equipment/methods in manufacturing and development of work culture in society.