SC/ST Entrepreneurs

National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Hub

The National SC/ST Hub has been set up to provide professional support to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Entrepreneurs to fulfill the obligations under the Central Government Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small Enterprises Order 2012, adopt applicable business practices and leverage the Stand-up India initiative.
The Hub would be implemented by the Ministry of MSME through National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a public sector undertaking under the administrative control of this Ministry of MSME.....Click here
The Government is the single largest buyer of a variety of goods. With a view to increase the share of purchases from the small-scale sector, the Government Stores Purchase Programme was launched in 1955-56. NSIC registers Micro & small Enterprises (MSEs) under Single Point Registration scheme (SPRS) for participation in Government Purchases.
Marketing support to the SC/ST enterprises for enhancement of competitiveness and marketability of their products will be provided by way of the following type of events:
a)Organizing Visit to International Exhibitions/ Trade Fairs/ Seminars Abroad
b)Participation in International Exhibitions/ Trade Fairs Abroad
c)Organizing Visit to Domestic Exhibitions/ Trade Fairs
d)Participation in Domestic Exhibitions/ Trade Fairs
e)Vendor Development Programmes
f)Organizing Workshops/ Seminars/ Awareness Campaigns
The main features of Special Marketing Assistance scheme are:
  • SC/ST units must be registered in the MSME Data Bank at the time of availing the benefit under the scheme.
  • Maximum size of the booth/stall in the exhibition/trade fair should be 3mx3m.
  • SC/ST entrepreneurs shall be allowed reimbursement under SMAS for maximum of 2 (two) international events and 4 (four) domestic events in a financial year, irrespective of the number of units they own. Also, a person cannot represent more than one MSE in a financial year.
  • Minimum participation of 5 SC/ST Enterprises for visit to International Exhibitions/Trade Fairs/Seminars abroad is essential. There is no minimum number of units prescribed for participation in international exhibitions/trade fairs abroad.

Performance and Credit Rating Scheme (PCRS) for SC/ST enterprises:

The concept of Performance & Credit Rating is one among several global best practices that are envisaged under NSSH. The following subsidy benefits to SC/ST enterprises only shall be extended under NSSH scheme;

Presently, there is subsidy @ 75% on the rating fee charged by the rating agencies for all categories (General or SC/ST) of MSEs for fresh rating. An additional subsidy of 15% for SC/ST units, over and above 75% i.e. total 90% subsidy shall be provided on rating fee of all rating agencies for fresh rating under the Scheme of NSSH, subject to the specified ceilings.


Presently, there is no subsidy on renewal fee for subsequent years for all categories of MSEs under PCRS. However, for renewal of ratings of MSEs in SC/ST category having a rating of up to 5 only, a subsidy of up to 50% of the rating fee payable in the first year shall also be allowed in subsequent years subject to the specified ceilings, whichever is less...Click here


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