Department of Industries and Commerce, District Industries Centre


All the MSMEs are offered various services and support under the single roof of the District Industries Centre. The General Manager is the head of the District Industries Centre functioning in 31 districts and Chennai district is headed by Regional Joint Director. The post of General Manager is of Joint / Deputy Director Level. The General Manager is assisted by the Project Manager, Manager (Credit), Manager (Economic Investigation)/ Manager (Village Administration) and an office Superintendent.

Monitoring of DICs

The functioning of DICs and their performance is monitored by the Principal Secretary/ Industries Commissioner & Director of Industries & Commerce. The review of the General Managers is organized periodically to evaluate the performance and also help in resolving difficulties in implementation of various schemes.

Incentive schemes

The following incentives are being extended to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the State through DICs.

1. Subsidy schemes for micro manufacturing enterprises.

2.Subsidy schemes for Small and Medium manufacturing enterprises establishing in 251 Industrially Backward Blocks.

3. Susidy schemes for Agro based Small and Medium manufacturing enterprises established in all the 385 blocks of the State.

4. Special Capital Subsidy for Thrust Sector Enterprises

5. Generator Subsidy.

6. Back-ended Interest Subsidy.

Implementation of Self Employment schemes

The following Schemes are being implemented in the State through DICs.

1. Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)

2. Unemployed Youth Employment Generation Programme (UYEGP)

3. New Entrepreneur-Cum- Enterprise Development Scheme (NEEDS)

Enforcement of Quality Control orders

The Quality Control Order Enforcement Centre for Domestic Electrical Appliances functioning under the Commissionerate of Industries and Commerce is engaged in creating awareness among consumers in Tamil Nadu to use quality electrical products. The electrical and electronic wing of the Commissionerate implements the Household Electrical Appliances (Quality Control) Order, 1981 and the Electrical Wires, Cables, Appliances, and Protection Devices and Accessories (Quality Control) Order, 2003. Contravention of the first Order is punishable under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. The second Order prohibits manufacture / storage for sale or distribution of specified items without the Bureau of Indian Standard marking. Contravention of this order attracts penal action under Bureau of Indian Standards Act.

The General Manager, District Industries Centre of the concerned district and the Deputy Director (E&E), Quality Control Order Enforcement Centre, Chennai has been designated as the “Appropriate Authority” for the implementation of the provisions of these Orders.

To create better awareness among the general public, advertisement and press releases are issued from the offices of Deputy Director (E&E), Quality Control Order Enforcement Centre, Chennai and various other regional offices.

Steel & Steel Products (Quality Control) Order 2012

The Ministry of Steel, Government of India have notified Steel and Steel Products (Quality Control) Order, 2012 and Steel and Steel Products (Quality Control) Second Order, 2012 to ensure that quality steel products reach the consumers. These orders cover 16 Steel products under Mandatory Bureau of Indian Standards Certification.

As per these orders “No person shall by himself or through any person on his behalf manufacture or Store for sale, Sell or Distribute any Steel and Steel Products specified in the schedule which do not conform to the specified standards and do not bear standard mark of the Bureau of Indian Standards. In the said order, the General Managers, District Industries Centres have been designated as the “Appropriate Authority” for implementation of the provisions of these orders.

In order to create awareness among the Manufacturers and Consumers about the notification issued by the Government of India for implementation of Steel and Steel Products Quality Control Order, the General Managers of District Industries Centres are taking action by giving wide publicity through Newspapers and also through Association Magazines.

Rehabilitation of Sick MSMEs

In order to provide a simpler and faster mechanism to address the stress in the accounts of MSMEs and to facilitate the promotion and development of MSMEs, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, vide their Gazette Notification dated May 29, 2015 had notified a ‘Framework for Revival and Rehabilitation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’. RBI in consultation with the Ministry of MSME made certain changes so as to make it compatible with the existing regulatory guidelines on ‘Income Recognition, Asset Classification and provisioning pertaining to Advances’ issued to banks by RBI. Accordingly, a revised Framework along with operating instructions has been put in place by the banks and is in operation.

The action pursued by Banks as per the framework for revival/rehabilitation of MSMEs are reviewed in the Empowered Committee for MSMEs on a quarterly basis, being conducted by RBI, Chennai.

The State Level Rehabilitation Committee (SLRC) under the Chairmanship of the Secretary to Government, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department look into the problems and the extent of sickness of MSMEs so as to suggest measures for their rehabilitation. The Committee meets on quarterly basis to review and monitor the implementation of the Rehabilitation of sick MSMEs in the State.

Micro Small Enterprises Facilitation Council

The Government of Tamil Nadu have constituted four Regional Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Councils at Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai and Coimbatore to facilitate speedy settlement of the payments of dues with respect to the goods supplied to major industrial undertakings by the micro and small enterprises in accordance with the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act 2006.

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