Census of unorganized sector units





Census of unorganized sector units

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises is entrusted with the responsibility of collection of data pertaining to Small Scale Industries (SSI)/Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. It has conducted four censuses of the registered sector. Third All India Census of SSI and Fourth All India Census of MSME had provision to cover the unregistered sector, in addition to the registered sector.
The latest Census (Fourth Census), conducted (with base reference year 2006-07), wherein the data was collected till 2009 and results published in 2011-12, as well as data extracted from Economic Census 2005 conducted by Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), for activities excluded from Fourth Census, namely wholesale/retail trade, legal, educational & social services, hotel & restaurants, transports and storage & warehousing (except cold storage). As per this census the total number of unregistered MSMEs functioning in the country stands at 346.12 lakh.

This information was given by the Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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Production of Renewable Energy

The Government is already taking effective measures for production of renewable energy systems and devices in the country by providing fiscal incentives. These include concessional customs and excise duties, provision of loans at concessional rates for renewable energy projects by Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA). This was stated by Shri. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

In addition, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 100 per cent under the automatic route is permitted. These apart, the Government have a policy to encourage transfer of foreign technologies, including those in renewable energy sector.

The Minister further said that in order to attract investment in renewable energy the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India is organizing the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo (RE-INVEST) during 15-17 February 2015 in New Delhi. The central theme of RE-INVEST is to attract large scale investments for the renewable energy in India in short, medium and long term and also connect the global investment community with renewable energy stakeholders in India. Investors from all over the world have been requested to participate in RE-INVEST 2015.
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Promotion of Rooftop Solar System

The Government proposes to promote rooftop solar system across the country. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing ‘Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme’ for installation of roof top solar systems from 1 kWp to 500 kWp capacity in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. The programme has a provision of Central Financial Assistance of Rs. 24 per watt capacity of the system. This was stated by Shri. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Ministry has sought loan of one billion Euro (€) from German Bank, Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) to provide loans to the end users for installations of grid-interactive rooftop solar plants. The Ministry has sent proposal to Department of Economic Affairs for consideration. They have asked for in principle approval of Planning Commission and Internal Finance for which action has been initiated.

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), a Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry has been raising funds from the foreign agencies i.e., Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) Germany, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), US Exim Bank, European Investment Bank, French Agency for Development (AFD) France etc.
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Rooftop Solar System in Power Stations

            Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) has mandated for harnessing of solar energy on the roof of all buildings of new thermal power projects. Accordingly, NTPC is including rooftop solar plants in all its thermal power plant buildings in upcoming NTPC power projects. These shall be installed as and when the buildings are constructed as per the project execution schedule. This was stated by Shri. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Further, year-wise targets for next three years shall be fixed by NTPC after estimating potential of rooftop solar Photo Voltaic systems at its existing thermal power station buildings and after carrying out the detailed feasibility, location-wise, the Minister added.

            The Minister further stated that so far 2970 MW grid connected Solar Power Projects, 364.27 MW equivalent off-grid solar applications including solar lighting & solar pumping and 8.42 million sq. meters solar thermal collectors for solar water heating systems, solar cooking, solar cooling and industrial process heat applications have been set up under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in the country.

The major steps taken by the Government to promote the scheme are:

i.                    The cumulative targets of 20,000 MW grid connected solar power, 2,000 MW off-grid solar applications & 20 million sq. meters solar thermal collector area by 2022 set under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) launched on 11th January, 2010.

ii.                  Provision for Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) for solar has been made in the National Tariff Policy.

iii.                Grant of subsidy on off-grid applications.

iv.                Provision of Concessional Import duty/Excise duty exemption for setting up of solar power plants, accelerated depreciation and tax holiday.

v.                  Generation based incentive; viability gap funding and facility for bundled power for Grid connected Solar Power Projects through various interventions announced from time to time.

vi.                Creation of Solar Energy Corporation of India and National Institute of Solar Energy.

vii.               Awareness programmes such as exhibitions, training workshops etc. are being conducted.

viii.            Several R&D efforts have been initiated for new technologies and improvement in efficiency.
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