Government of India, Ministry of MSME – MSME DFO, Bengaluru, reach out to Mysore and other cities to educate MSMEs on the adoption of technology in business.
Monday 27 March, Mysore: On behalf of the Government of India, the Ministry of MSME, conducted a successful gathering of MSMEs in Mysore, which was organized by MSME DFO, Bengaluru. The event was held at Sandesh The Prince Hotel at Mysore, Co-organised by Small Enterprise India, a leading platform in India for educating MSMEs to grow their businesses.
The event was inaugurated by Ganapati Akadas, Director MSME DFO, Bengaluru, Chief Guest K.B.Lingaraju, President, Mysore Chamber of Commerce & Industries (MCCI), T.A.Vasantha Kumari, President, WISE – a Wing of MCCI, Mr.Gopinath Rao, Dy. Director MSME, DFO, Mr.P.Venkatachalam, Asst. Director, MSME DFO along with an auspicious lamp lighting ceremony.
MSME Digital Transformation event held in Mysore was a day to meet technology experts, and MSME top officials and engage with dignitaries and the audience on a full-day conference. The event has enlightened the MSMEs and has thrown light among the audience on the critical importance of moving their businesses to a digital platform.
All attendees benefited from the knowledge-sharing sessions. Ganapati Akadas, Director MSME DFO, Bengaluru, during his Inaugural Speech mentioned the importance of connectivity and how it is massively used by everyone across the nook and corner of the country. Especially financial transactions. In his inaugural speech, he said, “ Every street vendor is having a UPI payment option. From PoS to UPI, a unique technology that India masters in it. The whole world is now asking for this technology. This is a big achievement of digitization. Digitisation not only reduces corruption cases but also improves the economy through accountability by reducing hard cash transactions. The GoI, Ministry of MSME started the digitization scheme almost 6 years back. Even though it never launched fully until 4 years back, we had launched the 1st Phase, where financial assistance was given to Common Service Sectors (CSE), where they have reached even remote villages. This enables basic services like Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, PAN applications, and Passport services. In the next phase, we will be developing a Cloud Infrastructure which can be availed by every MSMEs at a very nominal cost. For example, ERP solutions will be made available for MSMEs. Right now due to the high cost of ERP solutions, many MSMEs aren’t able to purchase them. This scheme will be launched shortly. Now, every Government scheme will be online. For example, the MSME services will be available on www.mymsme.gov.in . Every scheme is available online. You have to just click apply and register to avail the scheme and benefits. The scheme also enables MSMEs to get all payments online directly to their account. It will be easy for MSMEs to get access to Market support and credit support. Im sure the knowledge shared in this event will enrich your mind from the domain experts and enlighten you that can help your business grow faster.”
G.Akadas was felicitated at the event for his relentless efforts in helping the MSME Sector. A long journey to cherish his achievements was mentioned at the event by a few dignitaries. His retirement was announced and 31st March 2023 will be his last day in office. The welcome speech was delivered by R.Gopinath Rao , Dy.Director, MSME DFO, Bangalore. While welcoming the audience at the event, Mr.Gopinath Rao said, “ The MSME Digital Transformation Drive event will enhance the knowledge on Digitalising your businesses. With the advent of digitalization, MSMEs have to play a major role in increasing the productivity of their businesses. We have been continuously conducting various programs in helping MSMEs to enhance their businesses. These events will educate them and further strengthen their businesses.
The keynote address delivered by the Chief Guest Mr. K.B.Lingaraju, President, of Mysore Chamber of Commerce & Industries (MCCI), said,” I would like to congratulate Mr.Akadas on choosing Mysore to conduct this event that will help the entrepreneurs in the Mysore region. Despite various other cities and towns in Karnataka could have been chosen, Im grateful that he chose Mysore to conduct this important educational session. Also, this is Mr.Akadas’s last event with MSME as he is retiring this month’s end. We consider that as our luck. I’m also saddened by the fact of his retirement because Mr.Akadas is a person who has helped many entrepreneurs. But, we have to accept the laws and be thankful that he chose Mysore in his last few days as Director MSME DFO, Bengaluru. I also take this opportunity to welcome and thank Mr.Gopinath Rao, Dy. Director MSME DFo in choosing Mysore and conducting this very important event on Digital Transformation. Such awareness sessions are important for the fast-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem of Mysore. Also, the upcoming Semiconductor Plant project will generate more jobs and rekindle the MSME business opportunities. I once again thank all officials at the MSME FO and the organisers of the event Small Enterprise India in choosing Mysore to organise this event. Sincerely thank them once again.”
The event was also graced by T.A. Vasantha Kumari, President, WISE – a Wing of MCCI. On this occasion, she said,’ WISE – Women in Small Enterprise, was started to support Women entrepreneurs in helping their businesses grow, especially for those women who aren’t able to come out of their homes. WISE helps to support the economic status of women through professional training programs that guide them to start a small business and connect them o government departments and provide necessary assistance. We also assist women and conduct women empowerment programs in rural areas. Presently e-commerce has become a necessity esp during the COVID period. Small Businesses should leverage the benefits of digitization and especially e-commerce.
T.A. Vasantha Kumari, President, WISE – a Wing of MCCI, was felicitated by Tapasya Ravishankar, Co-Founder, and Director at Aspire AEONIAN, the publisher of Small Enterprise India.
P.Ventachalam, Asst. Director, MSME DFO, Bengaluru delivered the closing note and thanked all the dignitaries and the MSMEs who came to attend the event.
Expert speaker Neetu V Bansal, presented a topic on “How to Build a B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy’, followed by Swapnil Jain 🤙 Jain, CEO, ORAI Robotics on “ Leveraging the Power of Conversational AI, WhatsApp Commerce & ChatGPT” and Santhosh Tuppad, International Speaker, Cyber Security Expert on “Cybersecurity Technology”.
The event concluded with a very engaging Panel discussion on “Digital Transformation – Challenges & Opportunities”.
Many more such engaging and useful events for MSMEs will be conducted across Karnataka and Pan India.