The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has decided to engage private training partners for capacity building under the PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) scheme.In this regard, a statement by MoFPI says that the training partners can be from 35 states and Union territories. The engagement of the private training partners will be done by the state nodal agency while the responsibilities of the training partners shall be to mobilise the trainees, create batches for training according to domain, products and so on and shall conduct training as per the batch approval by the state nodal agency.PMFME is a Centrally-sponsored scheme for providing financial, technical and business support for upgradation of existing micro food processing enterprises with an outlay of Rs 10,000 crore for a period of five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 and two lakh units will be assisted with credit linked subsidy under the scheme.The MoFPI statement reads, “Capacity building is an important component of the PMFME scheme and encompasses a whole range of activities designed to empower the institutions, individuals, and groups. Under the scheme, it is envisaged to provide training to trainers (master trainers, district level trainers), district resource person, entrepreneurs, self-help groups, farmer producer organisations, cooperatives, workers and other stakeholders.”The training activities were to be taken by various training partners, institutes of state government, NGOs and so on, designated by the state nodal agency while MoFPI will enlist the participation of private training partners as per norms
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