Port Blair, Nov. 21: The Department of Industries has been implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Prime Minister’s Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PMFME)’ of Ministry of Food Processing Industries under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan with the objective to formulize and strengthen Micro Food Processing Enterprises by utilizing the local resources. Under the scheme, financial assistance in the form of Credit Linked Subsidy @ 35% of the project cost will be extended to the individual and group enterprises.

The Department has been organizing outreach sensitization programme from Oct. 25, 2022. The programme was aimed at reaching out to stakeholders and target groups including tiny food based industries working in the rural and urban areas of A&N Islands. In the first & second phase, 23 programmes were conducted in all 3 Districts up to Nov.1, 2022.

In the third phase, 4 programmes were organized from Nov.7 to 19, 2022 covering Municipal Ward No. 10, Gram Panchayat, Urmilapur and Gram Panchayat, Bakultala in N & M Andaman District and Gram Panchayat, Hope Town in South Andaman District. The programme was actively participated by about 300 people from different parts of the Islands.

On Nov.19, 2022 sensitization programme on PMFME was organized at Municipal Ward No. 10 (Shadipur) which was inaugurated by Smti. Mangayarkarasi, Councilor, Ward No.10 in the presence of officials of Industries Dept. & Co-operative Bank.  In her inaugural address, the Ward Councilor appreciated the efforts of the Industries Department which is proactively disseminating the scheme at the door step of every Ward/Gram Panchayat. She motivated the participants to become entrepreneurs and employer rather than an employee by availing the opportunities provided by Govt. through various Schemes/programme as well as the UT Administration.

Shri Sindhupathi Raja, Nodal Officer (PMFME) gave a detailed presentation highlighting the Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Prime Minister’s Formalization of Micro Food Enterprises’ that was launched under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. He highlighted the key details and procedure to avail the scheme for developing existing as well as new Micro level food processing industries. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri R.Janak Rao, District Nodal Officer (PMFME).