The CASMB (Chamber for Advancement of Small & Medium Businesses) organised a one-day awareness programme on MSME’s ZED Certification Scheme at Mumbai and Pune recently.

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises launched the ZED (Zero Defect Zero Effect) Scheme to motivate entrepreneurs in manufacturing high-quality products. This will meet the demands of the national and global level customers. The main motto of this programme is to boost entrepreneurship and support the Government’s ‘Make in India’ Scheme. The Ministry encourages the MSMEs rated under the ZED programme with several awards and benefits. It works to promote adaptation of quality system, energy efficient manufacturing and encourage MSMEs to upgrade their quality standards and processes with adoption of Zero Defect production processes.

ZED is MSME Ministry’s sustainability certification & encourages manufacturing of goods in the country with “zero defects” and ensures that the goods produced are “zero effect” on the environment.

Objective of this awareness programme was to disseminate information and create awareness about the ZED process to the members of CASMB. The programme was conducted in association with CASMB, ITCFSAN and ISHRAE. Chief guest Praful Umare (IEDs, Asst. Director, DFO, and Mumbai) blessed this event with his presence. After the inauguration, traditional auspicious lamp-lighting ceremony took place, as a tribute to Mother Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge.

Speaker B Krishnamurthi, ZED consultant, spoke on ZED certification scheme. An insightful presentation was given by him followed by pledge taking session. The scheme was to provide relevant and implementable support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Manufacturing Sector in enhancing their capabilities and in overcoming their problems. Benefits of this certification is that, it provides subsidy of 80% for Micro, 60% for small & 40% for medium enterprises with additional 10% for woman-owned units. Amount worth Rs 5 lakh is sanctioned for upgradation per MSME, out of which Rs 2 lakh is subsidy towards consultancy fees & Rs 3 lakh for technology upgradation. It was well received and most of the MSMEs instantly registered in the ZED mobile app and 20 participants registered for Bronze certification on the spot in Pune.

Attendees got a chance to interact with MSME officials and clarify their doubts. Overall 110 + enterprises participated in the programme from both Mumbai and Pune locations