Chandigarh: With a view to identify the areas wherein upgradation is needed under technology in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector, the Haryana government has implemented the ‘Assistance for technology acquisition’ scheme. While stating this on Saturday, an official spokesman said that a notification to this effect has been issued by the Industries and Commerce Department. He said that under the scheme, the areas under technology wherein upgradation is needed in the MSME sector, would be identified through the use of latest technology acquisition and upgradation of existing technology by the MSME units.
Subsidy at the rate of 50 per cent would be offered on the cost for adopting technology from recognised national institutes, subject to a maximum of Rs 25 lakh. All MSMEs existing anywhere in the state, which have filed EM Part-II or Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum with the respective District Industries Centre, would be eligible under the scheme. The enterprise acquiring the technology for the first time in India for specialised application would be considered eligible under the scheme. The acquisition of technology could be in any form, including purchase of drawing and design and technology development through engaging experts of research and development institution and/or technical consultancy firm. Mere impact of machinery and technology would not be considered as technology acquisition.
The machinery manufacturers could also avail the benefit for technology collaboration from abroad. The item of manufacture should not fall in the restrictive list as notified by the state government from time to time. The units should have obtained No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Change of Land Use (CLU) from the competent authority, if applicable. He said that the units should be in commercial production and should be in regular production at the time of disbursement. Assistance would not be released to closed units. To apply for assistance under the scheme, application on the prescribed form for the reimbursement of cost in technology along with listed documents would be submitted to the Director of Industries and Commerce, on the web portal of the Department. The application would be processed and examined. The deficiencies, if any, would be communicated to the applicant online within 10 working days and the applicant would be given eight weeks to rectify the deficiencies so pointed out.
In case the deficiencies are not removed within the prescribed period, the claim would be filed by the competent authority under intimation to the party through e-mail. The enterprise would not be required to submit any additional document other than specified, without approval of competent authority. The claim application so filed may be reopened with the orders of Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, provided that request for the same is received within 30 days from the date of rejection of the claim by the designated competent authority.
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