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Jul 10, 2017

Common Facility Centre Inaugurated in Palanpur, Gujarat

The Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry (C&I), Government of India (GoI), Smt Nirmala Sitharaman today inaugurated a Common Facility Centre (CFC) – the Ratna Abhushan Suvidha Kendra, Palanpur. The inauguration event, held in Palanpur, Gujarat,  was also graced  by Hon’ble Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), GoI, Shri Haribhai  Chaudhary.

The CFCs being set up in smaller diamond manufacturing centres in India are a project of The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), and are sponsored by the   Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoC&I). 

Delivering the welcome address, Kirit Bhansali, Member of the Committee of Administration (CoA) of the GJEPC lauded this important step being taken through the jint efforts of  the GJEPC, the MoC&I  and the Banaskantha District Diamond Factory Owners’ Association.

He said that the GoI had approved  and sanctioned funds for the  setting up of 15  CFCs. Part of these funds have also been released. He noted that after the setting up of the first  CFC in Visanagar, the GJEPC has been receiving several representations for the setting up of CFCs from other centres as well. The GJEPC has also submitted plans for CFCs in three more towns – Bhavnagar, Bavsari and Junagarh. He hoped for early approval of these plans and requested that the project be extended up to 2019-20 so that the GJEPC could implement Phase II of the project and complete Phase I. He also urged  the Hon’ble Minister for the speedy release of the  balance sanctioned amount.

Bhansali also reiterated the industry’s position on the GST, which he said was generally welcomed, but requested for some specific concessions for the diamond export sector.

 Smt  Sitharaman said that the CFCs would be a vehicle to take forward  both the “Make in India” and the “Skill India” goals of the  GoI in the diamond sector. Providing the necessary infrastructure and technology and machinery for the MSME sector --  which  might otherwise find these unaffordable -- would boost productivity, product quality and yield, of  this sector she opined. The facilities could also be gainfully used for training when they were not actively in use for production by diamond manufacturers of the MSME segment.

Shri Chaudhary, who is also the representative of  the Banaskantha constituency (within which Palanpur falls) in Parliament, said that the MSMEs were the  backbone of the diamond industry, and that 93% of the production of this industry was exported. Hence, the industry was also making a valuable contribution  to the foreign exchange earnings of the country, he added.

Amrut Fosi, President of the Banaskantha District Diamond Factory Owners’ Association spoke on the benefits of cluster development and the usefulness of centres like the one which was being inaugurated to the vast numbers of MSME entrepreneurs.

Sabyasachi Ray, Executive Director of the GJEPC made a presentation on the CFC model and specifically on the production projections for the Palanpur CFC. 

Dinesh Nevadiya, GJEPC’s Regional Chairman – Gujarat, proposed the Vote of Thanks, warmly appreciating the presence of both Hon’ble Smt Sitharaman and   Hon’ble Shri Chaudhary.

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Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry (C&I), Government of India (GoI), Smt Nirmala Sitharaman (right) and Hon’ble Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), GoI, Shri Haribhai  Chaudhary (left) inaugurating the CFC in Palanpur