PM Modi launches national SC/ST hub in Ludhiana

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched the National SC/ST Hub in Ludhiana to provide support to entrepreneurs from the community.

With an initial outlay of Rs 490 crore, the hub will work towards strengthening market access/linkage, monitoring, capacity building, leveraging financial support schemes and sharing industry-best practices.

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It will also enable central public sector enterprises to fulfill the procurement target set by the government.

The Public Procurement Policy 2012 stipulates that 4 per cent of procurement done by ministries, departments and CPSEs will have to be from enterprises owned by SC/ST entrepreneurs.

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The MSME sector, including the service segment, is a key driver of India’s economic growth as it contributes nearly 38 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs close to 11 Crore people.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech had announced setting up of the National SC/ST Hub under the MSME Ministry.

(With inputs from PTI)

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