Madhya Pradesh Small Scale Industries Organization is an apex organization for micro, small & medium enterprises right from its establishment. The organization is functioning for development of MSME sector in Madhya Pradesh. The organization is having representation in almost in all the advisory boards related to trade & industry in the state government as well as at central government. In an interview with SMEVenture, Vipin Kumar explained some key insights on association and about his UE Group of Industry
What are the significant milestones this M.P. Small scale Industries association has achieved so far?
Madhya Pradesh Small Scale Industries Organization established in 1959-60. Madhya Pradesh Small Scale Industries Organization is an apex organization for micro, small & medium enterprises right from its establishment. The organization is working for development, protection & expansion of MSME sector in Madhya Pradesh
The organization is having representation in almost in all the advisory boards related to trade & industry in the state government as well as at central government. The organization is also having representation in the Empowered Committee Constituted by the Reserve Bank of India. Thus the organization is able to present the suggestion, demands & relaxations to the government for strengthening the MSME.
What are the major activities performed under M.P. Small scale industries association for small scale industries?
MPSSIO was established in the year 1960 and ever since its inception MPSSIO has been working for the betterment, welfare and development of MSMEs in the State of Madhya Pradesh. The organization conducts various workshops, seminars, meetings, & exhibitions for business development as well as spreading out the message of various supports available to the sector specification has vast experience in conducting programmes for MSME’s and we have conducted over 30 programs of awareness and training on Quality Assurance, Skill Development, Knowledge sharing and other topics of interest to MSME’s in last 3 years.
Can you explain future proposed projects of your association towards small scale industries?
We are planning to initiate a few projects which could help To Promote the young entrepreneurs in our state like Entrepreneur counseling service, Sub Contracting Exchange, Entrepreneur Development Programme, Organising Seminars, Workshops, Exhibitions and Trade visit foreign countries and many more
How many members are there in your association and which are the departments comes under your authority
Presently, the organization is having about 1200 members all over in the state including about 20 Dist. Level associations. The organization has gotten representation almost at all places up to the tehsil level for its proper working throughout the state. The election of the organization commences in the interval of two years.
The vision of this organization is to develop, support, & sustain the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises of Madhya Pradesh.
The mission of the organization is effective advocacy, knowledge sharing, networking, & business support to MSME’s of the state. The organization represents various issues of the sectors represented by the association to the Govt. by effective advocacy. It transmits the various information to the members’ of organization with all available systems. Regular networking with the organization members, officers of the Govt. & their departments, state/national/international BMO’s & other related supporting agencies.
Being an entrepreneur yourself, how do you look at the overall MSME scenario in India?
We can consider India as a young and dynamic country with lot many aspiring youth entrepreneurs. But the present industrial atmosphere for MSME in our country is not very healthy. There are lot many challenges for the young entrepreneurs such as Present labor laws and their compliances, Non supportive Bureaucracy, Taxation and Lack of implementation of government schemes. These few improvements on above mentioned factors can really make our country a better place for MSME’s where they can flourish along with their nation.
When did you start your UE Group Industry and what are the challenges you have been faced?
We are into manufacturing of PCC electricity poles which are used for rural electrification in Madhya Pradesh.The major customers of our product are all the State Electricity Discoms. As the strengthening of electrification works are running in full swing and central government has taken measures on priority to make 100% electrified country and hence these poles are used for the same. We are having 5 manufacturing units in various region of Madhya Pradesh. We also have our in-house logistic system which caters all our customers with FORD deliveries.We started our company in the year 1975 with four partners, thereafter it reduced to two .We started this company under then announced a government scheme for unemployed engineers for running of PCC pole factories of Madhya Pradesh electricity board on lease basis.We were given the complete infrastructure on “as is where is” basis. We have really struggled a lot in bringing the completely ruined set up into a running condition.
We have faced many challenges such as availability of economical land, Difficulty in availing Financial assistance, Complicated government policies, Tax system, 24 hrs supply of power, Lack of skilled labor, Inspector Raaj, Poor infrastructure, Inadequate system of recovery of payments from defaulter customers, delayed payments from government.
Along with all these challenges we have also faced lot many challenges while starting our business career as the industry of PCC poles was new to us and not many know how was available. As said that “Necessity is the mother of invention”,Lot many things were designed and created by us and finally we were able to bring the ruined setup into a proper functional format, producing a quality product.There after we have increased our production capacity and manufacturing plants in all over Madhya Pradesh.