MSME Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Panda reviewed the implementation of Public Procurement Policy by various PSUs in National SC and ST Hub Conclave held in Delhi on Tuesday.
The Conclave was chaired by the Secretary. Chairman or representatives from about 50 PSUs from 20 Ministries also participated in the conclave.
The interaction aims to bring together leading CPSEs from different sectors and initiate discussion to understand the gaps and their challenges in realizing the mandate of Public Procurement Policy. The interaction is envisioned to put forth a strategy that delivers sustained and measurable impact on the entire MSME ecosystem. With participation from over 50 CPSEs from 20 Ministries, the conclave also aims to develop an understanding of procurement requirements of CPSEs and facilitating them in vendor development programme by providing support in mobilizing SC/ST entrepreneurs.
A brief presentation by Joint Secretary, MSME, on the achievements and challenges faced by CPSEs in procuring goods and services from SC and ST entrepreneurs was given. In order to receive inputs and suggestions from CPSEs, an open discussion was organized during the conclave to decide upon the future course of action.
Key highlights of the discussion were: 1. Current status of procurement done by CPSEs from MSMEs (including SC/ST MSEs) during the last Financial Year. 2. Need for one consolidated database of SC/ST Vendors including details of products and services provided by them. 3. Focus on organizing Special – Vendor Development Programmes (VDPs) and capacity building programmes for addressing the skills gap of SC/ST MSEs. 4. Use of technology as a medium for dissemination of information.
The conclave brought various insights from CPSEs to understand the gaps in realizing the mandate of Public Procurement Policy and put forth innovative strategies for holistic development of MSEs owned by SC/ST Entrepreneurs. The discussion help was extremely fruitful and will go a long way in meeting the objectives of the National SC and ST Hub.
National SC-ST Hub launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims at creating a supportive ecosystem for SC/ST entrepreneurs by assisting in technology upgrading and capacity building, thereby, enabling them to effectively participate in public procurement processes. The Government of India formulated the Public Procurement Policy, 2012 which states that 20% of total procurement of goods and services by Central Ministries, Departments and CPSEs shall be made from MSEs and 20% of such procurement (4% of total procurement) from MSEs shall be made from SC & ST owned MSEs.