The Ministry of MSME reviewed implementation of the Public Procurement Policy, which mandates that 20% of procurement of annual requirement of goods and services by all Central Ministries/Public Sector Undertakings will be from the micro and small enterprises.
Addressing the national SC/ST hub (NSSH) conclave, Arun Kumar Panda, Secretary, Ministry of MSME interacted with representatives from about 50 PSUs.
“The interaction aims to bring together leading CPSEs from different sectors to understand the gaps and their challenges in realising the mandate of Public Procurement Policy,” said the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.
Envisioning to put forth a strategy for sustained and measurable impact on the entire MSME ecosystem, the conclave aims to develop an understanding of procurement requirements of CPSEs. The conclave will highlight all ongoing activities and roadmap for the future.
In order to receive inputs and suggestions from CPSES, an open discussion was organised during the conclave. Key points from the discussion are:
- Current status of procurement done by CPSEs from MSMEs (including SC/ST MSEs) during the last Financial Year
- Need for one consolidated database of SC/ST Vendors including details of products and services provided by them
- Focus on organizing Special – Vendor Development Programmes (VDPs) and capacity building programmes for addressing the skills gap of SC/ST MSEs
- Use of technology as a medium for dissemination of information