Govt to launch portal for marketing of goods by MSMEs, Khadi


NEW DELHI, July 4: The Government is in the process

of launching a portal for marketing of goods made by MSMEs and

khadi industry on the lines of Chinese e-commerce portal

Alibaba and USA’s Amazon, MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said

Wednesday in the Lok Sabha.

He said the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)

contribute about 29 per cent to the country’s GDP (Gross

Domestic Product) and the government is taking steps to

significantly increase that.

“We have fixed the target to increase the share of MSME

to 50 per cent of GDP in the next five years,” he said, adding

the sector would also add 15 crore jobs.

On this target, it was heard that some opposition members

raised their voice about previous such targets which were not


On this, Gadkari said they can question this target, if

he would not meet it.

“Like we have achieved all targets of the road ministry,

we would achieve this also,” Gadkari said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that if members want half

an hour discussion on steps being taken by the government on

the MSME sector, he would allow that.

He said countries like China have pushed their growth by

strengthening the MSME sector and India is also focusing on


He said problems being faced by the MSMEs include cost of

credit, marketing of products, labour issues, management

issues, and cost of working capital.

The ministry is working with different stakeholders to

resolve these issues, he said.

“On cost of credit, we are talking with the ADB and the

World Bank. We did a meeting with them,” he said.

Alibaba and Amazon provide a big global platform for MSME

players, so based on this “we are working to launch a

marketing website for MSMEs and khadi industry,” he said.

Citing an example, he said through this portal a bee

keeper can sell his/her product to any part of the world. (PTI)