A delegation of Gram Seva Sangh representatives met with the Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Pratap Chandra Sarangi to discuss over Gram Seva Sangh’s demands and proposal to rejuvenate the Sacred Economy.
Gram Seva Sangh mentioned that a separate Ministry for the Sacred Economy sector should be created that would be dedicated in developing all the Sectors that come under the classification of the Sacred Economy – farm sector , handloom sector that comes under textile ministry, Khadi and village industries sector , handicraft sector, MSME etc . Currently there are 12 ministries in the current system that can be termed Sacred and they need to come under one Ministry.
The Sacred Economy Ministry would also look into the welfare of labour groups – garments workers, pourakarmikas and anganwadi workers etc. The ministry should be given appropriate funding, restructuring of the Sacred Economy must be done and Zero tax should be imposed on all sectors of Sacred Economy.
The Minister told Gram Sangh Seva group that he would discuss the demands thus stated with the Government Authorities and revert back within a month. Overall the meeting went well with Gram Sangh Sava being well received and heard.
For the preliminary report submitted by the delegation click Bulletin_131_The_First _Meeting_bw_MSME_GOI_delegation_of_GSS
Note: Only correction in below The Hindu report is, we are not demanding only for Handmade sector, we are demanding for Handmade plus the small sectors (less than forty percent automation) belonging to the automatic machine sector. That is what we defined as Sacred Sectors.