94,623 MSMEs sanctioned credit to the tune of Rs 1648 crore post lockdown: Sarbananda Sonowal

GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal stated that94,623 MSMEs were sanctioned credit to the tune of Rs. 1648.218 crores post lockdown.

In an interaction programme with the beneficiaries of Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme under Atmaniarbhar Bharat Abhiyanin Guwahati, Sonowal said that realising the role of MSME sector in the economy of the state, all the general managers of district industries and commerce centres have been asked to create awareness about the stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and do the necessary handholding between the MSME and banks to enable the MSMEs to reap benefits from the scheme.

Sonowal said that through Atmanirbhar Assam, Atmanirbhar Bharat would get its fulfilment. He also said that through Act East Policy, the youths of the state have got an opportunity to utilise their prowess and project Assam as an epicentre of trade and business activities. The agricultural produce of Assam have gained due respects not only in South East Asian Nations but also across the world. In trade and commerce, the youths of the state got the opportunity to prove their leadership.

Citing an example, Sonowal said that Hemoprabha Deka a woman entrepreneur from Darrang during the lockdown period with her limited manpower could send 40,000 LPG cylinders to the country like Bhutan. Similarly, Abhijit Baruah of Nagaon, Dilip Das of Nalbari besides empowering them, built capacity to hundreds of unemployed youths across the state.

Stating that for the success of Atmanirbhar Bharat, banks have huge role, Sonowal thanked the bankers for all the helps that they have rendered in this direction. He also that coordination among the government, banks and industries have strong effect for creating chemistry salubrious for the growth of the state.

Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that industries in the state, contribute 39 per cent to the State GDP. For the development of industrial landscape of the state, government has announced industrial corridor from Amingaon to Tihu. For the growth of commerce and industries, MSME ordinance was brought in which would be passed in the State Assembly. He also gave vignettes of different steps that the government has taken for the development of industrial sector of the state.

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