The Indian economy owes a major part of its growth to the 26 million Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that provide employment to 60 million people, of which 70% are estimated to be concentrated in around 1086 urban industrial clusters. The foundry sector to be one of the less sustainable, highly energy intensive, environmentally polluting and socially negatively impacting.
The project enables the adoption of sustainable environment and social business practices across selected foundry MSME clusters; up-scales through capacity building of BMOs, introduces aggregate reporting, establishes financial linkages and supports a conducive policy environment. Thereby, it actively contributes to enhancing the competitiveness of less sustainable MSME clusters, while reducing their environmental and social impacts.
The project's target groups are:
500 MSMEs as direct beneficiaries and 460 as indirect beneficiaries in the target clusters About 10,000 contractual and permanent employees (2000 directly) in the target clusters
Local BMOs, BDSPs, fabricators, local public authorities, banks/FIs, national government institutions providing technical support and public funding in the 4 target clusters
The project's target areas are:
Batala and Jalandhar (Punjab),
Howrah (West Bengal)
July 6 will mark the official launching workshop of the SWITCH-Asia project Scaling Up Sustainable Development of MSME Clusters in India. The event in New Dehli will gather different energy and business responsibility related public and private institutions, policy institutions as well as project partners and associates.
The project held already a number of workshop and meeting to raise awareness on the project objectives in the four implementation areas. In the cities of Ludhiana 50 stakeholders including office bearers and members of local industry associations, District Industries Centers (DIC), and business development service providers participated in a sensitation workshop. With success: since the Project inception in May 2012, 7 foundry units in Ludhiana have requested for technical support for improving melting operations in the foundry. Another sensitization workshop was conducted on 8th June 2012 in Phagwara near Jalandhar. Around 70 industry stakeholders attended the workshop. In two other project locations Jaipur and Howrah meeting were set up with existing industry associations, financial institutions and Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs) in the cluster. In Jaipur already two units have requested for technical support for improving their melting practices.