Scheme for Improving Your Manufacturing Sector through Quality Management Standards and Quality Technology Tools

Every MSE aims to manufacture and deliver high quality products. Many-a-times the manufactured products do not meet the standards set by the MSE. This is where the scheme for enabling a Competitive Manufacturing Sector comes in.


The scheme for enabling Competitive Manufacturing Sector provides MSEs with the necessary tools and technology needed to improve the quality of their products while also reducing production costs.


How does an MSE benefit from this scheme?

An MSE benefits from this scheme in the following ways:

  1. The MSE is introduced to appropriate course modules for technical institutions.
  2. The MSE is made aware of quality measures through campaigns and sessions with experts. The details of these sessions can be found here.
  3. The MSE is given financial support by the government to develop a superior quality product in case of quality issues.

The process is as follows:

  • The DC MSE will come up with a list of so called threatened products from the awareness campaigns it conducts. It will also separately call for submissions.
  • Then a ‘Professional Study’ will be conducted and the characteristics of a competent product will be identified. Once identified, the ‘GoI Contribution’ will be capped at ₹5 lakh. The MSE too will be expected to make a contribution of ₹2.5 lakh.
  • An MSE can also undertake technical exposure visits on cost sharing basis with 75:25 Government/Private contribution (numbers, duration, travel costs, hotel stay and other details are all part of the package). For example, if the GoI Contribution is ₹5 lakh, the Private Contribution would be ₹2.5 lakh
  • An MSE can also avail services from technical bodies* for the development of a superior product. For example, if the GoI Contribution is ₹5 lakh, the Private Contribution would be ₹3 lakh
  • For marketing activities, if the GoI Contribution is ₹5 lakh, then the Private Contribution would be ₹0.5 lakh
  1. Implementation of quality management standards and quality technology tools in selected Micro & Small Enterprises
  • Under this scheme, 100 MSEs would be selected to implement Quality Technology Tools/Quality Management Standards from the awareness programmes conducted. For this, 25% & 50% of the cost will be collected from participating Micro & Small Enterprises respectively.
  1. Monitoring international study missions

Under this scheme,

  • One Micro & Small Enterprises Mission per year is deputed for a training session abroad at specific award winning organizations
  • One Micro & Small Enterprises team per year is deputed to International events for first-hand study of Advanced Quality Management Systems & Tools

Eligibility Criteria

What is the eligibility criteria under this scheme?

The eligibility criteria under this scheme is as follows:

  1. The MSE should hold Entrepreneurs Memorandum (E.M. No.)
  2. The MSE should be engaged in current activities for at least the last 2 years and have a good track record
  3. MSE should have regular audited accounts for the past 2 years
  4. The MSE must have the necessary qualification that a specific activity may require

Terms and Conditions

What are the terms and conditions under this scheme?

The terms and conditions under this scheme are as follows:

  1. All attempts will be taken to ensure that 50% of the enterprises are selected from micro sector and 50% from small sector. However, a spillover from one sector to another may be considered, if sufficient numbers of enterprises are not available in a particular sector and funds permit.
  2. Financial assistance to any one organisation or association would normally be restricted to two events in a financial year.
  3. For the same event, not more than one organisation shall normally be sponsored.
  4. All publicity material, banners and reports relating to the event should indicate the support of the Ministry.
  5. The Ministry may be represented in the delegation if it has an appropriate technical and active relation with the product/sector and it helps ‘anchoring’ of the information/ knowledge.

Documents Required

What are the documents required to apply for this scheme?

All eligible Micro & Small Enterprises should submit their Application in the prescribed Proforma (Annexure-A) along with following documents:

  1. An undertaking to contribute 25% or 50% of the total cost as applicable to the unit, wherever applicable
  2. An undertaking / Affidavit stating that similar benefits have not been obtained from any other Government sponsored schemes

*Technical bodies

  1. Quality Council of India and National Recruitment Board for Personnel and Training
  2. Consultancy Development Corporation
  3. National Productivity Council
  4. Standardization Testing & Quality Certification (STQC, a Society under Ministry of IT)
  5. IIQM (India Institute of Quality Management)
  6. Industry Associations that have taken active interest in QMS/ QTT
  7. Technical Institutions, Engineering Colleges, Tool rooms

 For further information on this scheme, click here.