What are the Objectives and Functions of District Industries Centre?



The 'District Industries Centre' (DICs) programme was started by the central government in 1978 with the objective of providing a focal point for promoting small, tiny, cottage and village industries in a particular area and to make available to them all necessary services and facilities at one place. The finances for setting up DICs in a state are contributed equally by the particular state government and the central government. To facilitate the process of small enterprise development, DICs have been entrusted with most of the administrative and financial powers. For purpose of allotment of land, work sheds, raw materials etc., DICs functions under the 'Directorate of Industries'. Each DIC is headed by a General Manager who is assisted by four functional managers and three project managers to look after the following activities :

Activities of District Industries Centre (DIC):

i. Economic Investigation

ii. Plant and Machinery

iii. Research, education and training

iv. Raw materials

v. Credit facilities

vi. Marketing assistance

vii. Cottage industries

Objectives of District Industries Centre (DIC):

The important objectives of DICs are as follow :

i. Accelerate the overall efforts for industrialisation of the district.

ii. Rural industrialisation and development of rural industries and handicrafts.

iii. Attainment of economic equality in various regions of the district.

iv. Providing the benefit of the government schemes to the new entrepreneurs.

v. Centralisation of procedures required to start a new industrial unit and minimisation- of the efforts and time required to obtain various permissions, licenses, registrations, subsidies etc.

Functions of District Industries Centre (DIC):

i. Acts as the focal point of the industrialisation of the district.

ii. Prepares the industrial profile of the district with respect to :

iii. Statistics and information about existing industrial units in the district in the large, Medium, small as well as co-operative sectors.

iv. Opportunity guidance to entrepreneurs.

v. Compilation of information about local sources of raw materials and their availability.

vi. Manpower assessment with respect to skilled, semi-skilled workers.

vii. Assessment of availability of infrastructure facilities like quality testing, research and development, transport, prototype development, warehouse etc.

viii. Organises entrepreneurship development training programs.

ix. Provides information about various government schemes, subsidies, grants and assistance available from the other corporations set up for promotion of industries.

x. Gives SSI registration.

xi. Prepares techno-economic feasibility report.

xii. Advices the entrepreneurs on investments.

xiii. Acts as a link between the entrepreneurs and the lead bank of the district.

xiv. Implements government sponsored schemes for educated unemployed people like PMRY scheme, Jawahar Rojgar Yojana, etc.

xv. Helps entrepreneurs in obtaining licenses from the Electricity Board, Water Supply Board, No Objection Certificates etc.

xvi. Assist the entrepreneur to procure imported machinery and raw materials.

xvii. Organises marketing outlets in liaison with other government agencies.