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Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate conference with Industry Associations & Incubators for National SC ST Hub

New Delhi, Sept 20 (KNN) The Conference with Industry Associations & Incubators for National SC ST Hub will kick-start in the national capital today.

 Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu will be the Chief Guest for the Conference.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs  Jual Oram and Minister of State for Finance  Shiv Pratap Shukla will be present at the occasion.

Secretary MSME Arun Kumar Panda and other senior officials of the Ministry will also be present on the occasion.

Recently, while reviewing the implementation of Public Procurement Policy by various PSUs during the National SC/ ST Hub Conclave, MSME Secretary stressed on the need for one consolidated database of SC/ST Vendors including details of products and services provided by them was highlighted by the stakeholders.

Focus was also given on organizing Special – Vendor Development Programmes (VDPs) and capacity building programmes for addressing the skills gap of SC/ST MSEs

National SC-ST Hub, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, aims to create a supportive ecosystem for SC/ST entrepreneurs by assisting in technology upgradation and capacity building thereby enabling them to effectively participate in public procurement processes.

The Government of India formulated the Public Procurement Policy, 2012 which states that 20% of total procurement of goods and services by Central Ministries, Departments and CPSEs shall be made from MSEs and 20% of such procurement (4% of total procurement) from MSEs shall be made from SC & ST owned MSEs.