ONGC to support art, handicraft projects

ONGC to support art, handicraft projects

New Delhi: Public sector petroleum companies, led by ONGC, will support 75 projects to promote various arts and crafts in the country. Its purpose is to encourage local artisans and craftsmen through this. Petroleum Secretary Tarun Kapoor inaugurated ONGC's initiative to promote various craft and art projects on the lines of the Government's Amrit Mahotsav on the occasion of 75 years of independence of the country. He also launched the ONGC-supported Bamboo Crafts Project in Madhya Pradesh.

In a major initiative, the Central Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will support 75 projects in different districts of the country, the company said in a statement. ONGC has launched an initiative to revive struggling handicraft projects in the country and empower local artisans. ONGC will support 15 out of these 75 projects. The bamboo handicraft project of Madhya Pradesh has started on June 11. 

Initially, ONGC will support 5 projects in the handicrafts sector across the country along with local NGOs and forums, the statement said. It will spend Rs 1.3 crore in these projects. 


Amazon India to set up digital centers in various cities to support small industries

Amazon India to set up digital centers in various cities to support small industries

New Delhi: E-commerce company Amazon India is planning to open digital hubs in various cities to connect Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with its platform and empower them in online business. These centers will help small industries in their digital business by providing awareness and related facilities about e-commerce and will accelerate their growth.

Pranav Bhasin, Director (MSME, Sales Partner Experience), Amazon India said this. The company has opened a digital center for MSMEs in Surat, Gujarat earlier this month. This center will act as a resource center and will help in meeting the needs of MSMEs as well as solving their problems. Through these centers, the company will provide awareness and understanding about e-commerce, export market information, etc. 

Bhasin said, “We have planned to set up digital centers near clusters of small industries in the country to empower MSMEs in the field of digital business and to address their problems.” However, he did not say that Amazon. In which cities and by when India plans to open such digital centers. It is noteworthy that MSMEs play an important role in the country's economy. It contributes about 30 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 48 percent of the exports. 

Bhasin said, “We recently opened the first Amazon Digital Center in Surat, Gujarat. This center will cater to all the needs of MSMEs to become digital entrepreneurs. In this, MSMEs will be given all kinds of support in terms of benefits of e-commerce and logistic support, digital marketing, GST and taxation. are MSMEs. These centers will help them in their digital business and accelerate their growth. We have set a target of digitally enabling one crore MSMEs by 2025, including through Amazon Digital Center. 

On benefits to MSMEs from e-commerce, Bhasin said, “From the beginning, we have been focused on digitally empowering MSMEs and other vendors by using technology to connect and reduce operational costs for them. . Our investments in technology and infrastructure have fueled their growth." He said, "It is because of our efforts that today lakhs of small and medium businesses are joining us. 

More than 10 lakh artisans and weavers and over 1.5 lakh local offline stores are working with Amazon through franchisees. More than 70 thousand small manufacturers have now launched global brands and exports have already crossed $3 billion.” He added that Amazon.in has more than 8.5 lakh sellers and more than 90 per cent of them are MSMEs. . More than fifty percent vendors are from small and medium towns like Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, Angul in Odisha, Idukki in Kerala.