Bhubaneswar8/3/18;: The number of women-led MSMEs in Odisha is higher than the national average, said MSME secretary L.N. Gupta on Thursday.
There are 38,477 MSMEs in Odisha led by women, which constitutes 12.3% of the total MSMEs in Odisha, he added.
Participating in a seminar organized at the Odisha International MSME Trade Fair here, Gupta said that 28,835 (9%) MSMEs are owned by persons of SC Category and 18,800 (6%) MSMEs are owned by ST Category.
He further added that whereas Odisha MSME Policy, 2016 offers additional incentive of 5% to MSMEs promoted by women and ST/SC Entrepreneurs, Odisha Food Processing Policy offers 8% additional incentive to the women and ST/SC entrepreneurs, over and above what is available to the entrepreneurs of general category.
He further stated that under the Stand up ‘India Programme’ each branch of a bank is required to provide composite loan between Rs.10 lakh to Rs.1 crore to at least one woman entrepreneur and one SC or ST entrepreneur for setting up a greenfield enterprise.