R Balakrishnan, Development Commissioner said that entrepreneurship is inherent in women which manifests in their management of the household affairs.
While speaking at a seminar on ‘Entrepreneurship Development with focus on Women Entrepreneurship’ where more than 350 women entrepreneurs participated, he said that they do not need any special dispensation for harnessing their entrepreneurial abilities.
Mr.Balakrishnan gave example of dominant and articulate women entrepreneurs of the North-Eastern States. He added that over a period of time women have proved their entrepreneurial capabilities and they are second to none.
Principal Secretary, MSME LN Gupta said that about 15 Percent of the MSMEs are owned by women entrepreneurs.
Mr.Gupta said the Department of MSME has set a target to ensure that women entrepreneurs own at least 50 Percent of MSMEs in the State.
He stated that both MSME Development Policy and Food Processing Policy–2016 provide for additional 5 Percent capital subsidy to women entrepreneurs over what is available to male counterparts.
Department of MSME is taking up a large number of EDP training programmes for development of entrepreneurship through the District Industries Centres and Institute of Entrepreneurship Development. “Over 4,000 entrepreneurs are being trained during the current year”, he added.
Ravni Thakur, Professor, Delhi University, in her address, while underlining the barriers to women entrepreneurship in different countries, recommended policy interventions in, earmarking of sectors, handholding of innovative ideas, market access and up scaling of enterprises in the informal sector, for giving philip to women entrepreneurship. She recommended setting up of State Level Special Taskforce, which would act as one stop window for women entrepreneurs.
SP Mohanty, GM, RBI started his address by narration of five successful stories of women entrepreneurs.
He mentioned that women entrepreneurs should attract special attention of bankers because of factors like superior record keeping abilities and repayment propensity.
Mr.Mohanty offered immediate resolution of grievances of women entrepreneurs and agreed to the suggestions of Principal Secretary, MSME to set up a Special Cell for Women Entrepreneurs for expeditious settlement of their loan applications to different banks.
Nirupama Mishra, GM, APICOL, while defining the characteristics of successful entrepreneur, mentioned the vast potential that exists in Odisha for agri and food processing industries based on cereals, oilseeds, vegetables and spices.