The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME, Giriraj Singh has launched MSME Sambandh, a public procurement portal which will help in monitoring implementation of public procurement from MSMEs by Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
Speaking on the occasion, Giriraj Singh said, “MSME is not given its due importance and appealed to all stakeholders to take advantage of the portal thereby fulfilling the mandate given to them.”
Dr. A.K. Panda, Secretary, MSME said, “Micro and small enterprises would be able to access the information about the products being procured by CPSEs. Thus, it would help the MSEs in participating in the procurement process.”
The Procurement Policy launched in 2012 mandates the Central Government Departments/CPSUs to procure necessarily from MSEs i.e. every central ministry/Department/PSU shall set an annual goal for procurement from the MSE sector at the beginning of the year, with the objective of achieving an overall procurement goal of minimum of 20 per cent of the total annual purchases of the products or services produced or rendered by MSEs. By creating an online portal, the Ministries and the CPSEs can assess their performance.