*Image by IPRD, Jharkhand
Chief Secretary Sudhir Tripathi, in the meeting of the Small and Cottage Enterprises Development Board asked to mark raw material available in the particular area of the state and link it to Small and Cottage industry. He emphasized on the marketing of items manufactured from small and cottage industries and directed to study the functioning of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh which are doing well in forest produce and adopt what is better for the state.
The Chief Secretary instructed to focus on producing new products with lacquer, bamboo, mahua etc for their adequate availability in the state. A large market is empty for products related to it. Keeping this in mind, products should be made through small and cottage industries. The ready-to-eat content used in Anganwadi centers should also be local production. Pointing to the fluctuations in the market of lacquer products, he stressed on adopting a long-term strategy. He emphasized on adoption of better ways of maintenance and marketing of materials produced from tamarind. He asked to take the help of interested organizations in this field to get the support. Apart from this, activities have been reviewed for connecting the small and cottage industries with bamboo, Karanj, Sal leaf and other small-scale substances.
In the meeting, discussions were also held on the new members of Small and Cottage Enterprises Development Board. He emphasized on training the District Entrepreneurs and Block Entrepreneurs Coordinators. In addition, the action taken on the decisions taken in the last meeting was reviewed. In order to implement the forest fund development plan, the Chief Secretary directed to make coordination with the Forest Department.Other officials including industry secretary Vinay Kumar Choubey were present in the meeting.