District Industries Centres | Objectives | Structure | Activities

When and why were District Industries Centres initiated?

The industrial Policy 1977 contained the concept of District Industries Centres (DIC). DIC program was initiated on 1st May 1978 as a centrally sponsored scheme. It was a landmark measure in development of cottage and small industries in smaller towns in India. DIC’s were started with a view to provide integrated administrative framework at the district level for industrial promotion.

It is aimed at providing all assistance and support to entrepreneurs in various states. These centres are responsible for effective promotion of cottage and small scale industries at district level. These centres also to provide support facilities, concessions and services to develop tiny, cottage and District Industries Centres small scale units.

Objective of District Industries Centres

The basic purpose of these DIC’s is to generate more employment opportunities for entrepreneurs. It was intended to make the Centre as a central location for-

  1. Granting financial and other facilities to MSMEs
  2. Developing close links with development blocks and specialized institutions providing help to
    set up industries in the district.

3.Identifying and helping new entrepreneurs

Structure of District Industries Centres

DIC’s comprise of:

  1. One General Manager
  2. Two Deputy Directors and Two Assisatant Directors, of whom Two DDs & one AD would be in the areas of economic investigation, credit and village industries. Another AD may be entrusted with responsibility in any of the areas like raw materials, marketing, training etc., depending on the specific requirements of each district.

3.Industrial Promotion Officers will guide the entrepreneurs in all aspects like project identification, project feasibility studies, Single Desk Portal, PMEGP, Incentives, Udyog Aadhar Memorandum etc.

Activities of District Industries Centres

  1. Implementation of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme(conducting of DLTFC).
  2. Granting of Incentives to MSME,Large & Mega units(conducting of DIPC meeting).
  3. Distribution of Project profiles among entrepreneurs.
  4. Training for Entrepreneur Development Programme.
  5. Organisation of Industrial Cooperative Societies.
  6. Raw Material assistance.
  7. Marketing assistance (Government electronic Marketing(GeM))
  8. Conducting Motivation Campaigns.
  9. Clearance of Approvals through Single Desk Portal
  10. Rehabilitation of Stressed MSMEs.
  11. Recommendation of Awards to MSMEs.
  12. Recommendation of loan applications to banks.