District Industries Centre

Name of the Ofice:

District Industries Centre, Paschim Medinipur

Address of the Ofice:

Saratpally, Duk Banglo Road, Medinipur

Name of the Head of Office:

Sri B. N. Jana, Designation : General Manager

Phone No.:

03222-275179 / 276385

Name of SPIO, IRI, RTI:

Sri B. N. Jana, Designation : General Manager

Phone No.:

03222-275179 / 276385

An Outline on Micro & Small Scale Enterprise(MSSE) in West Bengal

West Bengal has re-emerged as an important destination of investment for small, medium and large scale industries through introduction of a series of investor friendly measures. A vibrant rural sector has also emerged. The implementation of land reform measures and decentralization through Panchayat system have brought about sea changes in rural scenario. The purchasing power of people has got a new dimension. Agriculture is growing at the rate of 4.10% and the rural population now spends about Rs. 18,000 crores annually on industrial products. Agricultural production in contributing 30% of the State domestic product (SDP) employing 57% of the total work force. The State has special geographical advantages as it is situated in the heart of the extremely fertile genetic delta and is bestowed with agro climatic zones ranging from the tropical to arctic. The average rainfall of the state is 175 cm and has got good resource of surface and underground water. The Sate has tremendous possibility in agro-based product and food processing industry. Micro & Small Scale Enterprises sector in the state is playing a vital role in employment generation. The state is holding an important position in the country in respect of existing strength and volume of MSSE units in West Bengal. There are 7,71,388 working MSSE units (both registered and un-registered) providing employment 10 1,05,21,190 people. The state is holding an important position among all the states in the country in terms of number of working MSSE units with a share of 7.33 percent of the working MSSE units of the country.

MSMED Act 2006

SSI sector is now looked into in a bigger perspective and changed dimension because of the enactment of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act(MSMED Act) by the Govt. of India and implementation of the act throughout the country w.e.f. 2nd October, 2006. The definition and nomenclature and its acknowledgement of Small Industrial Undertakings have been reclassified w.e.f. 2nd October 2006. The nomenclature of the Units are termed as Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises which can be stated as Enterprises are engaged in manufacture or production of goods relating to any industry specified in the first schedule to industries (Development & Regularities) Act, 1951 or engaged in providing or rendering any service or services where:-

  1. A micro Enterprise is the one where investment in plant & Machinery does not exceed twenty five lakhs.
  2. Small Scale Enterprise where investment in Plant & Machinery is more than five lakhs rupees but does not exceed five crores rupees.
  3. A medium Enterprise where investment in P & M is more than five crore rupees but does not exceed ten crores rupees.

In case of Enterprise engaged in providing or rendering services:-

  1. A Micro Enterprise, where investment in equipment does not exceed ten lakhs rupees.
  2. A small Enterprise, where investment in equipment is more than ten lakh rupees but does not exceed two crore rupees.
  3. A Medium Enterprise where investment in equipment is more than two crore rupees but does not exceed five crore rupees.

As per MSMED Act, 2006, person intend to setup Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises shall file memorandum of Micro, Small and Medium, as per the case may be, with the authority specified by the State Govt. Thereby, the system of registration as followed so far has been changed w.e.f. 2.10.06. The District Industries Centre of the respective District where the enterprise is situated has been declared as specified authority for Micro & Small Enterprises for acknowledgement of Memorandum. Filing of memorandum have been categorized in two ways i.e.,Part-I. applicable (or setting up of (proposed) Micro & Small Enterprises and Part II (after commencement of the production/activity those enterprises).

Another important component of the Act is the formation of State level Facilitation . Coun~il in respect of the promotion and development of micro/small enterprises in the manufacturing sector/or small enterprises in the service sector. The function of the Facilitation Council shall be to (i) review the progress of the enterprise in the state, (ii) look into the problems and impediments faced by the micro enterprises and take up the issues with the concerned authorities for salutations of the problems/removal of impediments, (iii) recommendation to the State Govt. on the steps required to be taken for the promotion and development of enterprises in the state.

West bengal Incentive Scheme (WBIS) & 2007

A new Incentive Scheme, 2007 has been declared by the State Govt. for providing financial and other benefits for setting up new units, modernization/expansion of existing units, installation of pollution control and quality control machines and equipments by the existing MSSE units. The inventive scheme for the first time has taken care of repayment of certain percentage of interest accrued due to the bank loan, which definitely goes for strengthening the financial base of small scale units. There will remain no pending claims towards payment incentives because of the prompt action taken by the MSSE & T Deptt, Govt. of West Bengal, towards payments of eligible claim of the MSSE units. This will encourage the new entrepreneurs to set up new MSSEs in the state.

Entrepreneurship Development Programme(EDP)

Special importance has been given for the promotion of entrepreneurship in MSSE sector in West Bengal by organizing effective Entrepreneurship Development programmes (EDP). During the year 2008-09, 600 entrepreneurs have been covered under the EDPs, conducted by the MSSE Directorate with the assistance of professional organizations like WEBCON, Ramkrishna Mission etc.

Another process has been initiated to identity, encourage and promotion of entrepreneurship by handholding process. Work is going on to prepare an action programme for setting up of Investment promotion Cell to provide different services specially in respect of identification and selection of MSSE activities, preparation of viable and bankable project report, dissemination of information relating to technical, marketing, managerial and others related aspect for setting up of MSSE units.

Downstream projects of Haldia Petro Chemicals ltd. are getting boost in the state. A base has been created to encourage entrepreneur to invest in plastic processing industries through various awareness programmes and seminars. So far, about 2000 units have taken provisional MSSE registration for setting up new MSSE units for plastic processing. During the period from 1998-99 to 2005-06, 763 new plastic processing units based on Haldia Petro Chemicals Ltd. have been set up in West Bengal which have created employment for 4569 persons.

Micro & Small Enterprise Cluster Development Programme(MSECDP)

Micro & Small Enterprises Clusters Development Programmes(MSECDP), introduced by the Ministry of A & RI & MSSE, Govt of India for intensive development of MSSE units through cluster development approach has been given due importance by the State Govt. for implementation in the State. The cluster development initiative has been formulated with the objective of strengthening the institutional framework, creating stronger backward and forward linkages and introduction of technology up gradation in order to enhance productivity and competitiveness of MSSE, in the cluster. The Department has initiated action to revive the Baruipur surgical instrument cluster and one more cluster of leather goods at Santiniketan has been initiated by SISI, Kolkata. Apart from these two clusters, 93 other clusters have also been identified. Out of 93 other clusters have also been identified. Out of 93 clusters so far identified in the year 2005-06, proposals for 20 clusters were submitted to the Govt. of India and received approval during 2006-07. The total cost of the approved proposals under MSECDP in the State is estimated are Rs. 2626.47lakh, which will be shared among Govt. of India, Govt of West Bengal and implementing agency.


West Bengal is rich in handicrafts. Handicrafts are traditionally the heritage items of the state. There are as many as 5, 50,000 craftsmen engaged for producing wide range of handicrafts item while staying in their home. Every district features in this respect. The State Govt. has been implementing different schemes for development of handicraft industries in the state. The Directorate of MSSE has been organizing District level handicraft Competition is each district and State Level handicraft Competition in each district and State level Handicraft Competition at Kolkata every year in order to encourage the -handicraft artisans for creation of better and innovative handicraft products.

Marketing Assistance

Extension of marketing support to the handicraft artisans and also to so the Micro & Small Scale Enterprises Entrepreneurs is an important programme of the Directorate of MSSE. West Bengal State handicraft Expos are organized by the Deptt every year at Kolkata and at Siliguri to provide marketing support to the handicraft artisans free of cost. Besides, we participated in other district level and state Level fairs also. We also participated in International Trade Fairs at Milan in Italy and at Barcellona in Spain for providing marketing support to the handicrafts and SSI Sector.

Assistance programme and activities of the directorate of Micro & Small Scale Enterprises, West Bengal

Directorate of Micro & Small Scale Enterprises extends the following types of assistance and escort services to entrepreneurs

  1. Technical support for preparation of Project Report
  2. Information on sources of machinery and equipments
  3. Priority in power supply / telephone connection
  4. ssistance of getting land /shed in industrial estates
  5. Promoton of new industrial estates / growth centres
  6. Approval of project reports of noble / special types
  7. Promotion of electronic industries
  8. Govt. margin money loan under Additional Employment :Programme
  9. Training through Entrepreneurship Development Programme
  10. Financial Assistance through bank /WBFC
  11. Financial assistance under Self Employment Schemes, like PMEGP, BSKP etc.
  12. Assistance under Equipment leasing Scheme and hire purchase of machinery scheme of NSIC Ltd.
  13. Marketing linkage with Central Govt. / State Govt. organizations / undertakings.
  14. Marketing assistance through WBSIDC/NSIC Ltd. / CEO
  15. Ancillary industry tie-up with Govt. undertakings.
  16. Marketing information
  17. Marketing assistance through Participation in Exhibitions, Trade Fairs/Buyers & Sellers Meet etc.
  18. Marketing, Assistance of handicrafts artisans through participation in handicrafts Expo/Exhibition both inside and outside the State.
  19. Linkage with organization like WBHDC/WB State Handicrafts Coop. Society ltd./Development Commissioner (Handicrafts).
  20. Attending problems related to SSI Registration/Bank Loan/Marketing of products etc.
  21. Linkage with Research Institute like CMERI/CGCRI/NML/CFTRI/JTRL/IJIRA etc. for Technology Up gradation and Innovation.
  22. Financial assistance for modernization through WBFC/SIDBI / Scheduled bank
  23. Skill development training with the help of organization like RTC etc.
  24. Management qualities improvement through training, workshop seminars
  25. Export assistance
  26. In plant study of SSI units
  27. Standardization of products, implementation of1SO-9000 quality system and certification.
  28. Sick unit Revitalization
  29. National level \awards for innovative products. Outstanding growth/exports etc.
  30. Promotion of products towards exploitation of Non-conventional Energy Sources.
  31. Assistance under Coir Development Schemes
  32. Registration of Industrial Cooperative and extending financial assistance to them
  33. Pollution control measures and assistance for obtaining pollution clearances
  34. Assistance under schemes promoted by W.B. Minority Dev. Finance Corporation/KVI Board/other Govt. Deptt.
  35. Design and production Development for handicrafts
  36. Awards to handicrafts artisans
  37. Development of Lac Industries
  38. Setting up of Biogas Plants
  39. Awards to SSI units for Export
  40. Implementation of Households Electrical application (Quality Control) Order 1981.
  41. Assistance under West Bengal Incentive Scheme, 2007
  42. Information/Assistance towards setting up of Downstream petrochemical Units under SSI Sector.
  43. Old age pension to Handicrafts Artisans
  44. MMTRTC Training
  45. Micro & Small Enterprises Cluster Development Programme (MSECDP)
  46. SFURTI
  47. Setting up of Urban Haat for providing marketing assistance to handicraft artisans.
  48. Handicrafts Museum at EZCC, Salt Lake
  49. Participation in Foreign Trade Fairs.
  50. Conducting market studies for handicrafts in foreign countries.

Role of District industries Centre



  • Agro based Industries, Horticulture & Floriculture, Food & Vegetable Processing

  • Engineering Industries
  • Chemical based Industries

  • HPL down stream industries
  • Handicraft products, skill up gradation and Design Development

  • Entrepreneurship Development Programme (BDP) with special emphasis to women and backward class people


The Employment Generation Capacity of Large Scale Industries have gradually come down and Agricultural Growth has also little power of absorbing any more labour force. The MSSE sector and the unorganized service sector can substantially contribute to create more and more employment opportunity and deliver various services I goods to the society. In fact MSME sector is the second largest employment provider in India after Agriculture. DIC is continuously providing a support service for the growth of MSSE sector, Cottage Industries as well as to the Handicraft Artisans. Our role is primarily to act as a facilitator to & promote entrepreneurship.

Major Activities of DIC are :

  • Awareness, Motivation and Entrepreneurship Development

  • Dissemination of Information, Technical Consultancy, Preparation and Approval of Projects
  • Issuing Pollution Clearance Certificates, EM-I & EM-II Acknowledgements according to MSMED Act'06 at pre-investment and post-investment stages
  • Providing Employment to unemployed youths through PMEGP, BSKP, Minority Development and other Government sponsored programme
  • Rural Employment with setting up of new units under PMEGP and SHG programmes
  • Close liaison and pursuation with banks, WBSBDCL, Land Department and WBPCB etc. to have a co-ordinated effort for growth of MSSE through (single window agency meetings (for Statutory Clearances)
  • Financial support through WBIS 2007
  • Development of Handicrafts by - i) Training on Skill and Design Development.

ii) Arrangement for participation of Artisans in EXPO, Mela, Fair of State and National level to have a greater market access. iii) Old Age Artisan Pension

Hierarchical structure of the office:

  1. General Manager
  2. Managers
  3. Industrial Dev. Officer
  4. Head Clerk & other administrative Staffs
  5. Gr. D Staffs.

Acts, Status, Rules, administered by the Office:

MSMED Act, BSAI Act & Financial Rule as per Treasury Act of Govt. of WB, WBSR etc.

Schemes implemented by the office:

  • Eligible units have to apply to OM, DIC in form-I for getting the eligibility certificate under WBIS-2007. After receiving this EC, they have apply in different forms prescribed for claiming capital investment subsidy, interest subsidy, electric charge & stamp duty etc. For other details entrepreneurs may go though the Kolkata Gazette, extraordinary, June 18, 2007 part-I.
  • Name of Scheme Salient features of the Scheme (point wise) Eligibility Beneficiary Entitlement of beneficiary Procedures on which Beneficiary gets entitlement
    PMEGP PMEGP is a revolutionary decision of the Ministry of MSME, GOI by merging PMRY & REGP schemes for setting up Micro Enterprises by the first generation unemployed persons of the country. Maximum Project cost is 25 lakhs for mfg. sector & Rs. 10 lakhs for service sector. i) Own contribution 10% of project cost for general category & 5% incase of weaker section beneficiaries ii) Bank loan: - 90 & 95% of the sanctioned project. iii) Govt. subsidy: & For rural area 25% for general category 35% for weaker section. For urban area 15% for general category & 25% for weaker section. The Scheme will be advertised through print & electronic media. The beneficiary can submit application along with project report at nearest KVIC/KVIB/DIC/Bank office. Beneficiaries will be selected through interview process by the Dist. Task Force Committee headed by the DM/ADM for better co-ordination in the DL TFC meeting now jointly convened by OM, DIC & LDM. WBIS­2007 Eligible MSSE units in Mfg. sector will be applicable for getting incentives on different subhead like i) State capital investment subsidy ii) Interest subsidy on term loan liability . iii) Weaver on electricity duty iv) Subsidy electricity charges. V) Refund on stamp duty. Vi) Subsidy for quality improvements etc. i) The Mfg. MSSE should have EM-II after implementation of the project. ii) Eligibility certificate shall be issued by GM, DIC. For other details entrepreneurs may go though the Kolkata Gazette, extraordinary, June, 18 2007 Part-I i) On State Capital Investment:- 35% of the fixed capital investment for Micro Mfg. enterprise, 20% of the fixed capital investment for small scale mfg. enterprise. ii) Interest subsidy:& 30% of the annual interest liability on term loan for Micro mfg. units, 25% of the annual interest liability on term loan for small mfg. Units for 10 yrs. For other details entrepreneurs may go though the Kolkata Gazette , extraordinary, June 18, 2007 Part-I

    Different Escort Services

    For promotion and development of MSSE, various escort services and hand holding are provided by the office of GM, DIC in form of issuing EM-I, EM-II, Scheme approval, Pollution clearances inform of COE & COO at the pre-investment and post-investment stages.

    Service jurisdiction, Implementing Units, Services, Coverage, any other strategic issues to be mentioned in reference to this District: A Statutory Clearance Meeting is held on 7th day of every calendar month under the chairmanship of District Magistrate in presence of members from different industrial association and business community for removing the huddle in implementing their project related to land, power, finance, pollution clearances, Govt. subsidy etc.

    In the financial sector for effective credit flow in MSME, BLBC, DLC, DLRC & standing committee meetings are regularly held.

    Performance of the Office (Report on various activities to be submitted in proper customized Tabular form, either monthly/quarterly etc, as the case may be): Monthly progress report covering all deptt. schemes are sent regularly to the Director MSSE, WB at N.S. Bldgs(9th floor), Kolkata-l. Monthly Monitoring reports are regularly submitted by the industrial development officers of the blocks to the office of GM, DIC.

    12. Target/Future Plan/Programme(s) of the office: As stated in Colmn. 9 above, different targets are fixed for different schemes in every year as per the instruction of Director MSSE as well as according to annual action plan of this district.