Potential technological advancements by MSMEs

July 31: Ministry of Tourism has initiated many steps in the area of technological advancement for the tourism sector inter-alia Multilingual Incredible India website and mobile app, 360-degree virtual tour, launch of utsav.gov.in, digitalization of the classification of accommodation units and recognition of travel trade service providers, Incredible India Tourist Facilitator  (IITF) Certification programme for online learning, E-marketplace for IITFs/Guides, National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry (NIDHI).

Further, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has taken several initiatives recently, these inter-alia includes the adoption of a dual criteria-based definition of MSMEs, the launch of the Udyam portal to facilitate ease of registration, the launch of Udyam Shakti portal, integration of Udyam with portals of Ministry of Labour and Employment and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, extension of non-tax benefits for 3 years.

The Ministry of MSME implements various schemes/programmes to encourage the growth of MSMEs in the areas of credit support, formalization, technological assistance, infrastructure development, skill development and training and market assistance. The schemes/programmes inter-alia include the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), Credit Guarantee Scheme for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE), Entrepreneurship Skill Development Programme (ESDP) and Promotion of MSMEs in North East Region and Sikkim. The Udyam registered MSMEs engaged in the tourism sector can also avail the benefits of schemes/programmes of this Ministry.

As per the information provided by the Ministry of Tourism, the National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry (NIDHI) portal is a technology-driven system, aligned with the vision of an “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, which is to facilitate digitalization and promote ease of doing business for hospitality and tourism sector, including MSMEs. It provides a clear picture of the geographical spread of the Hospitality & Tourism sector, its size, structure and existing capacity so as to offer relevant services to the industry like showcasing, Star Classification, Destinations, Attractions, Events, Customer Feedback etc.

Further, the Ministry of MSME is facilitating inclusion and ease of doing business to ensure a seamless and supportive environment for MSMEs in the tourism sector, by providing permanent registration through an online portal i.e., ‘Udyam Registration’ (www.udyamregistration.gov.in). The process for Udyam Registration is totally free, fully digitalized and paperless. E-certificates with dynamic QR Codes are issued online upon completion of the registration process.

This information was given by Minister of State for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.

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