Port Blair, Dec. 15: The Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MoFPI) has launched the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PMFME) scheme under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The aim is to enhance the competitiveness of existing individual micro-enterprises in the unorganized segment of the food processing.

Since the launch of the scheme, many individuals under the unorganized sector have been approaching the Directorate of Industries, A&N Administration to avail the benefits. The Directorate of Industries too have been very enterprising when it comes to supporting the applicants by helping online filing of applications, preparing of Detailed Project Reports and also approaching the respective banks with the applicants to get the loans issued.

It is surprising to note that none of the nationalized banks especially the State Bank of India has miserably failed to issue a single loan till date in spite of all efforts by the Industries Department and the applicants. It has come to the knowledge of Andaman Chronicle that majority of the applications have been rejected by the State Bank of India because they have not received updated guidelines of the Ministry. It is also learnt that the updated guidelines were repeatedly presented to the State Bank of India by the officials of the Industries department but all in vain due to lack of interest of the Bank officials.

In the name of Pradhan Mantri’s Schemes, there are regular meetings conducted of District Consultative Committee, where bank officials give their attendances to project everything is working smooth. If such is the attitude of the banks in the Islands especially the State Bank of India and the Lead Bank, it would definitely be sending a wrong signal to the mass about the Schemes formulated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for the beneficiaries. It can be expected that the concerned officials chairing the District Consultative Committee make a serious note of the issue and put in serious efforts to popularize the Modi Government’s people centric schemes.