Kochi: The Kerala Government has announced Infrastructure Support Facility (a Standard Design Facility) for Women Entrepreneurs at the Garment Manufacturing and Export Zone at Angamaly. This was disclosed at the ‘Women Entrepreneurs’ (WE) Summit 2015’ organised by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) under the Women Entrepreneurship (WE) Mission programme here.
In his inaugural address, Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy said the Women Entrepreneurs Collaborating and Networking (WECAN) initiative of KSIDC would give a new impetus to the existing women entrepreneurs in the State.
“Kerala has always been in the forefront of educating women and initiatives like this would help bridge the gap and bring in a positive trend”, the CM said. “The State Government would support to protect the local industry by building the necessary basic infrastructure.”
During the inaugural session, the Chief Minister handed over the first financial assistance sanction letter under the WE Mission programme to Ms. Noorjahan, MD of Falcon Garments.
Delivering the presidential address, Minister for Industries & IT, P K Kunhalikutty said MSME’s in Kerala are growing well and it’s time for women entrepreneurs to move up to the next level through this mission mode activity. He also added that Kerala will soon lead the country in per capita income.
P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary – Industries & IT, said the WECAN aims to identify and help support 1,000 women entrepreneurs across the State to scale up existing enterprises. The support would be in the form of infrastructure, mentoring, networking and facilitating financial options.
Earlier welcoming the gathering, Dr. M Beena IAS, Managing Director, KSIDC said the WE Mission aims to empower women and bring several welfare and social schemes for women under one umbrella. “KSIDC has tied up with eight partner institutions to support this initiative”, she added.
More than 1,500 invited women entrepreneurs from all across Kerala participated in the WE Summit.
Later addressing a press conference, the Chief Minister announced that the Centre has approved two Mega Food Parks for Kerala, at Chertala and Palakkad. The Chertala Mega Food Park of KSIDC would see an investment of Rs.130 crores while Palakkad Mega Food Park of KINFRA will have an investment of Rs. 119.02 crores. These parks would generate direct employment for 4,500 persons and in-direct employment for 17,000.
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India has sanctioned a Grant-in-Aid of Rs.50 crores in each project and the rest would be by the State Government, said the Industries Minister.
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