BASAVARAJ S. JAVALI  

FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL PODIUM

As committed to our Members, we at KASSIA took up a host of issues concerning the micro and small scale industries with Smt. Gunjan Krishna, IAS, Commissioner, Directorate of MSME, Government of Karnataka, which was also widely covered by the media. We have called for major policy interventions for immediate redressal of absence of timely and easy access to finance, easy access to modern and affordable technology, providing basic infrastructure which is sorely lacking even in many industrial estates especially in various Districts outside Bengaluru, access to modern marketing and distribution networks, supply of skilled labour, eliminating inflexible and archaic labour laws, quick completion of formalities related to allotment of industrial sheds/plots, among other issues.

We have also expressed our concern about the proposed change in definition of MSME from being based on investment in Plant and Machinery as is the case now to turnover basis and called for staying the course as the new change will bring in large number of firms within the definition of SME while crowding out a large number of small units, and thus reduce the share of the targeted benefits for the tiny and small scale industrial units.

Friends, we are also working tirelessly for building a world-class Skill Development Centre at the KASSIA Centre of Excellence and Innovation at Dobbaspet, apart from several other major initiatives such as development of a special App for our Members which will enable them to cash in on emerging business opportunities and grow their business through B2B networking for which development of ICT networks and online marketing, infrastructure/exchange for the benefit of MSMEs will be undertaken during the year, and also conduct of industrial Adalats and Vendor Development Programmes in the 5 regions/District headquarters of the State, viz. Bengaluru, Kalburgi, Mangaluru, Belagavi and Shivamogga, to highlight and address the problems faced by industry and bring the MSMEs face to face with the stakeholders in those regions.

Summing up, expect a lot more of action in the coming months ahead!

With warm regards,
BASAVARAJ S. JAVALI
PRESIDENT

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