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SC/ST quota in govt tenders on the cards

Within the proposed policy being considered for reservation of government purchase orders for micro and small enterprises (MSEs), there will be a sub-quota for businesses owned by SCs/STs.



New Delhi: Within the proposed policy being
considered for reservation of government purchase orders for
micro and small enterprises (MSEs), there will be a sub-quota
for businesses owned by SCs/STs.

While there is not much resistance to the idea of a 4 per
cent sub-quota for entrepreneurs belonging to SC/ST
communities, a consensus on the overall proposal for 20 per
cent reservation for MSEs is yet to emerge.

"SCs/STs issue has been resolved. There will be sub-
reservation," a senior official in the MSME Ministry said,
adding that if there is not enough capacity with these
entrepreneurs, the orders can be passed on to general category
sourcing channels.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has been
pushing for sub-quota for SC/STs in government tenders, which
are worth about Rs 1,70,000 crore annually. The share of all
MSEs in these tenders is about 4-5 per cent.

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
(MSME) is trying to forge an inter-ministerial consensus on
reservation for MSEs in state purchases, an official said.

The proposal is being followed on the recommendation of
the Prime Minister`s Task Force on the issue.

There are concerns from some ministries like petroleum
and natural has, home, commerce and the railways over the
quality and capability of MSEs to deliver the orders.

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) employ around
six crore people and contribute 8 per cent to the country`s
gross domestic product. They account for 40 per cent of
India`s total exports and over 45 per cent of total
manufacturing output.

PTI

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