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MSME Ministry ask PSUs to give details of purchases from SMEs

 NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has asked PSUs and other departments to furnish details with regard to purchases made from small units in 2012-13.

The details of annual procurement for the current fiscal have also been sought from PSUs and ministerial departments, Parliament was informed today.

"The government ministries/departments/PSUs have been requested to provide details of procurement made from Micro and
Small Enterprises (MSEs) owned by SC/ST in 2012-13 and details of annual procurement plan for 2013-14," Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME K H Muniyappa said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

The government had notified the Public Procurement Policy with effect from April 1, 2012.

Under the policy, every central ministry/PSU has to set an annual goal for procurement from MSEs at the beginning of each financial year with the objective of achieving an overall procurement of minimum 20 per cent of total annual purchases of products produced/services rendered by such units.

Asked about details of the amount of business provided, he said, "The amount of such business provided during the current fiscal may be available by ministries/departments/PSUs after the end of 2013-14."

The MSME sector contributes over 8 per cent to the country's
Gross Domestic Product and accounts for 45 per cent of the manufacturing sector.

There are around 3.6 crore such enterprises, employing over 8 crore people.