03 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: An MoU was signed between the MSME Department and Quality Council of India (QCI) for implementation of Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Certification Scheme for MSMEs of Odisha in a workshop of ZED Scheme held here today.
The MoU was signed by MSME Secretary, LN Gupta and Secretary General, QCI Dr Ravi Singh. MSME Minister Prafulla Samal, who was present on the occasion said that manufacturing MSMEs need a continual effort to improve their product and processes to boost their sales, exports and revenue.
“The ZED Certification Scheme will help them in improving quality, which in turn will enhance competitiveness of Odisha MSMEs globally. Odisha has a vibrant presence of around 3.84 lakh MSMEs by the end of October,2018. Some of these industries need to upgrade their quality standards in production and process to get better market share and customer satisfaction,” Samal said.
Gupta informed that QCI is the National Monitoring and Implementation Unit of the financial support to MSMEs in ZED Certification Scheme. Once registered, MSMEs will get an opportunity to strive continuously to improve its processes and thereby aiming to move up in the ZED maturity assessment model in terms of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum categories. Under the scheme, financial support is available to an MSME undergoing ZED assessment.
Over and above, one time reimbursement of expenses incurred by the MSME unit on acquisition of plant and machinery/testing equipment for obtaining ZED ratings, the State Government will provide assistance limiting to Rs. 1.00 lakh for ZED Bronze rating, Rs, 2.00 lakh for ZED Silver, Rs. 3.00 lakh for ZED Gold, Rs. 4.00 lakh for ZED Dimond, Rs. 5.00 lakh for ZED Platinum Certification is available.
This incentive, provided by the State government is over and above the assistance provided by Centre under ZED Scheme.
“MSMEs should leverage the ZED scheme to focus on their quality of products and increase their revenue through sales domestically and through exports. He added that amendment of the Odisha MSME Development Policy 2016 has already been made for extending incentives on obtaining certification under Zero-Effect-Zero Defect (ZED) to improve quality and efficiency of operations,” Gupta added.
Singh stated that Odisha has a vibrant MSME presence, which needs further encouragement. QCI will provide support to MSMEs for implementation of Zero Defect Zero Effect Certification Scheme to create a value chain for the new regime.
“QCI, being the National Monitoring and implementing Unit (NMIU) of this Scheme, will facilitate the mechanism of assessment, rating and will provide need based handholding support to the MSMEs of the State. He expressed that QCI’s role is to establish and operate a national accreditation structure and promote quality through the National Quality Campaign. Wth the active support of the Industry Associations and other stakeholders, the business destination of MSMEs for overall growth, employment generation and promotion of exports will be achieved,” Singh added.