Kassia, on May 16, submitted a memorandum to Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME in this regard. “We have requested setting up of a Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Southern Industry MSME Associations, comprising the six States namely Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to look into the interests and objectives of MSMEs,” Kassia said in its memorandum. The JAC should meet in certain frequencies, for example once a month or twice a quarter, across the southern states along with Central Ministers and the officials of various MSME departments, the memorandum said.
“We see all the three ministers for MSME are from north India and regional peculiarities play an important role in case of the MSME sector,” B Pravin, Honorary General Secretary of Kassia, said. He also said that the sector in the south was facing neglect for the past 10 years, adding, “Though policies are being made, they have not been implemented fully.”
Earlier in the day, Mishra launched ‘My KASSIA’ mobile app and a MSME Handbook in Kannada. The handbook is the first MSME handbook in the country on the MSME sector in a regional language.