Centre aspires to bring 50,000 MSME clusters under SFURTI scheme

After recent inauguration of 50 MSME clusters under the SFURTI (Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries) offering a range of initiatives such as skill development, capacity building, common facility centres, rehousing facilities and marketing and e-commerce assistance to local industries, govt aims to include more such clusters under several other schemes.

Apart from SFURTI scheme which was launched six years back with the objective of boosting the traditional industries diversified as Khadi, coir-based, and other village industries by way of making them profitable, productive, and secure, there are several other schemes are in pipeline under the ministry of MSME to bring more and more of these clusters into the ambit of digital environment.

“The government is making efforts to create at least five thousand MSME clusters under the Sfurti scheme, which will give steam to its Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative,” said Union minister for MSMEs Nitin Gadkari while inaugurating 50 MSME clusters here under the scheme.

Over 42,000 artisans in these 50 clusters have been supported in the traditional segments of muslin, khadi, coir, handicraft, handlooms, wood craft, leather, pottery, carpet weaving, bamboo, agro processing and tea.
 
By digitizing the schemes, the ministry has been working to fast track the approval process for such clusters as only 80 out of 371 clusters are operational as of now, many clusters have yet not  taken off owing to delays in approvals, as per the scrutiny.
 
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