A Working Group on Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Growth for the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) has been formed by the Planning Commission recently. The Working Group under the Chairmanship of Secretary, MSME with 46 members, has 11 sub-groups to deal with various issues of MSME sector including Khadi, Village and Coir sector. The Planning Commission has requested the Working Group to submit its report by 30th August, 2011.
Terms of Reference of Working Group:
i. Reporting of PM’s Task Force on MSME sector, as the basis, to evaluate the progress of the sector in terms of overall growth, potential for job creation and as vehicle for innovation
ii. Reviewing the implementation of measures recommended by the PM’s Task Force and other schemes of the sector and suggest corrective measures, if any
iii. To articulate the problems of small & micro enterprises in the unorganised sector and suggest measures for improving their productivity, quality of products, easy access to credit, technology up-gradation/adoption etc
iv. To specify the milestone to be achieved within the 12th Plan period
v. To suggest/recommend programmes/schemes those are to be terminated in the 11th Plan or initiated or continued in the 12th Plan period, together with the broad budgetary implications, if any
vi. To make any other recommendations as may be appropriate for sustained growth and competitiveness of the sector.
This information was given by the Union Cabinet Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Virbhadra Singh in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.