Coronavirus Maharashtra: MCCIA e-connects during the lockdown

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 3 May 2020

MCCIA has conducted 44 Free Webinars till date, generating participation of more than 7205 people. The chamber will continue to connect with the industry (both members and non-members and ensure that they remain engaged.

Pune: The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) ensured that their membership remained engaged via the Digital platform through awareness programs, enhancing soft skills, leadership techniques, bringing to the financial schemes and government connect. 

MCCIA has conducted 44 Free Webinars till date, generating participation of more than 7205 people. The chamber will continue to connect with the industry (both members and non-members and ensure that they remain engaged.

MCCIA President Pradeep Bhargava said, “During these difficult times, MCCIA is putting in its best in continuing our responsibility of advocacy with various layers of the government at the Center, State and Local.

Along with the advocacy, we are also continuing to engage with our members in the best extent possible way. Dozens of online programs conducted witnessed the participation of thousands of industries. We are glad to see this participation. Till the lockdown of May 17, all online programs of MCCIA will be free.”

“All programs conducted by MCCIA have been focused on supporting MSMEs to sail through the difficult phase. Seven programs have had a focus on Women Entrepreneurs as well. We have had four programs to strengthen the Agriculture Segment. Besides we arranged interactions on Managing Virtual Teams: The Future of Work, Food Processing Industries - Discussions amid COVID19, COVID 19 - Legal Implications, Journey of Quality Excellence, Digital Tools to Run your Business during Lockdown, interaction with doctors, sessions on GST and decoding MSEDCL amongst others,” said Bhargava.

Focus on financial schemes and government interaction has also been a primary activity during the lockdown period. MCCIA has had special sessions on financial schemes with banks like SIDBI and Bank of Maharashtra. The sessions on MSME Schemes useful post lockdown by MSME-DI, on Supply Chain operational challenges and solutions post lockdown. 

They also had interaction for our members with Joint DGFT and Exim Bank. MCCIA arranged a session with JDC, DC- MSME, GOI on Technological Support for Enhancement of MSMEs and on How to resume Manufacturing Operations post lockdown.

SIDBI has shared information on SIDBI’s Assistance to Facilitate Emergency response against Coronavirus (SAFE). The quantum of the loan extended is up to Rs 50,00,000 with an interest rate of 5 per cent per annum. The manufacturing list includes 19 items of Medical Supplies which are the need of the hour.

The interactive session with Joint Director General of Foreign Trade, Pune Lokesh HD, and Regional Head, Export-Import Bank of India, Pune Rupesh Kumar Sharma focused on the continuation of the foreign trade policy and procedures, extension in the time limit for compliances, addressing finance needs of exporters and information on concessions given by ECGC to the exporters.

The session by Asst. Director, MSME-DI Abhay Daptardar on MSME Schemes useful post lockdown for enhancing manufacturing competitiveness was helpful for the MSMEs to understand how to increase their competitiveness in the post lockdown period.

The Regional PF Commissioner Atul Kotkar enlightened the participants on the scheme to implement the PMGKY package for credit of employees and employers share of EPF and EPS contributions. Joint DC, Ministry of MSME Mandeep Kaur spoke at length on Seed Capital Support, Design Clinic Schemes, Digital Platform for MSME and IPR schemes amongst others.

Similarly, the session on Supply Chain and Operations- Challenges and Solutions post lockdown gave insights into aspects like inventory management, cost reduction techniques and leadership to be demonstrated by the MSME owners post lockdown.

“We are trying to connect with MSMEs in different ways. We have completed one survey to understand MSME problems and analyze the current situation. We would also stay connected with MSMEs through dip-stick studies to understand their sentiments and make appropriate government representations,” said Bhargava.

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