Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana for benefit of NE entrepreneurs

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Shillong, Feb 13 (UNI) The Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry has launched the Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana to provide assistance to entrepreneurs in the Northeastern region.

A PIB statement here here said, ''Beneficiaries from the NE, as well as those belonging to the SC/ST/physically handicapped/women categories, will not be required to pay any contribution for the establishment of service enterprises of micro-manufacturing enterprises, under the new scheme, unlike in other parts of the country, where beneficiaries would be required to pay a nominal contribution.'' The scheme aimed to provide assistance to entrepreneurs through lead agencies or Udyami Mitra, who would provide guidance to the potential entrepreneurs and help them in completion of various tasks and formalities necessary for the establishment of the enterprise.

The tasks included preparation of project report, arranging finance, selection of technology, marketing tie-ups with buyers, installation of plant and machinery as well as obtaining various approvals, clearances and NOCs.

The Yojana was expected to provide integrated and end-to-end support for creation of new micro and small enterprises and also fill a critical void between the entrepreneurship development training and the actual establishment of enterprises.

The Ministry would also implement several schemes for development of micro, small and medium enterprises, under which entrepreneurship and skill development training programmes would be organised and technical, marketing and financial assistance would be provided.


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