The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) on Tuesday agreed to set up an innovation fund in partnership with the Assam government to promote start-ups. SIDBI’s nod came following Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s proposal in this regard. Sarma was speaking at a meeting in which SIDBI handed over a commitment letter of Rs 350 crore to the Assam government under Cluster Development Fund.
Efforts would be taken to create clusters to promote ‘one district-one-product initiative’ which is also the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CM said. With improvement in the law and order situation and no insurgency problem, the state now has a conducive environment for more collaborative approach in promoting, financing and developing MSME sector, Sarma said.
SIDBI Chairman cum Managing Director Sivasubramanian Ramann handed over the commitment letter to Principal Secretary of Industries and Commerce and Public Enterprises K K Dwivedi in the presence of the Chief Minister. Following Sarma’s request, Ramann agreed to partner with the state government in setting up an innovation fund to promote start-ups in Assam and support and promote self-help groups to the enterprise level and bring them into the formal sector of the economy.
Ramann gave a presentation highlighting the expertise and services of the SIDBI. Dwivedi also gave a presentation detailing the existing landscape of MSME sector in Assam and scope of SIDBI to align with the state government to bolster its development. Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta, representatives of industry associations and senior officilas of the state government were present at the meeting.