India is witnessing rapid growth and
prosperity. For this to be truly inclusive, all sections of the society need to
partake in this prosperity. Besides wage employment and education, the
marginalized sections of the society also need to envision, create and scale -
up ventures to be a major participant in this growth story. While in the past,
there has been some increase in the number of SC/ST owned enterprises, this
needs to increase substantially to enable the socio-economic empowerment of the
SC/ST communities. In this context, the National SC/ST Hub is an initiative of
the Government of India targeted towards developing a supportive ecosystem
towards SC/ST entrepreneurs.
The National SC/ST Hub (NSSH) would
provide professional support to the SC/ST enterprises thereby enabling them to
effectively participate in public procurement process. This would involve
participation by CPSEs/Central Ministries, States, Industry Associations such as
DICCI and others. The Hub would also work towards the development of new
entrepreneurs to participate in procurement process leveraging on the ‘Stand
up India’ programme. Selected entrepreneurs would be provided with support and
mentoring by industry experts, CPSEs, and incubators.
To start with, the Ministry of Micro,
Small and Medium Enterprises (M/o MSME), has made an initial allocation of Rs.
490 Crore for the period 2016-2020 for the National SC/ST Hub. Discussions with
various stakeholders have enabled the Ministry to create an initial agenda for
action on this front. While the agenda for action is flexible and would evolve
with further inputs from stakeholders and more robust data, initially it
attempts to address gaps that exist across multiple drivers of the
The Hub would operate out of the
National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) headquartered in Delhi, supported
by a special cell created for this purpose. All new and existing SC/ST
entrepreneurs would be registered on the MSME Databank (www.msmedatabank.in) of the Ministry of MSME that would form a reliable
database to enhance accessibility for the procurement agencies. A separate
website - www.scsthub.in has been launched to apprise the stakeholders about
the activities of the Hub.
High Powered Monitoring Committee
Minister of MSME is the chairperson of
the committee. The committee members are representatives of various stakeholders
including states, various ministries, industry associations & SC/ST
The Chairperson of this committee is
Shri Milind Kamble, Chairman, DICCI (Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce &
Industry). This committee would work under the High Powered Monitoring
Committee in order to bring the industry and SC/ST entrepreneurs’
perspective to the Hub with the purpose of developing an effective, mutually
beneficial relationship between the target group and the Government.
Empowered Project Approval Committee
Secretary, Ministry of MSME chairs
this committee. As the Hub is dynamic in nature and would evolve over the
envisaged period, requirement of funds for various activities is likely to
evolve depending on the emphasis areas or changes in identified focus areas.
This Committee would ensure such flexibilities with a view to accommodate
changing requirements of SC/ST entrepreneurs.