The new Industrial policy announced by the Government of India on 23.12.1977 laid special stress on the development of Small Scale, Village and Cottage Industries. The policy statement indicated that the District would be the main focus of efforts and the agency for promotion of small scale, village and cottage industries would be a new organization called "District Industries
In the past, there has been a tendency to proliferate schemes, agencies and organizations which have tended to confuse the average small and rural entrepreneur rather than encourage and help him. The focal point of development for small scale and cottage industries, therefore, was taken away from the big cities and state capitals to the district headquarters. In each district, one agency was created to deal with all requirements of small and village industries. This is called "District Industries
All the services and support required by small entrepreneurs is provided under the single roof of the District Industries Centre. These included economic survey of the district, availability of raw-material and other resources, supply of machinery and equipment, provision of raw materials, arrangements for credit facilities, an effective set up for marketing and a cell for quality control, research and extension. The Centre has a separate wing to look-after the special needs of cottage and house-hold industries as distinct from small industries. The Centre is to establish close linkages with the development blocks on the one hand and with specialized institutions like Small Industries Service Institutes on the other.
To fulfill the above criteria and enable entrepreneurs to get all the help from single place, 10 District Industries Centres were constituted in Gujarat on 1st May 1978.
These were in the more backward districts of Amreli, Bhavnagar, Kutch, Junagadh, Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, Panchmahal, Bharuch, Surendranagar and Mehsana. Thereafter, 7 more DICs were started on 1st October 1978 at Valsad, Surat, Vadodara, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Jamnagar. On 1st June 1984, DIC Ganadhinagar was separated from DIC Ahmedabad. There is a common DIC for Dang and Valsad districts. 6 new DICs were formed after the creation of new districts in 1997.
General Manager is the head of the District Industries Centre. The post of General Manager is of Joint or Deputy Commissioner level. The General Manager has senior officers to assist him, such as Manager KVCI, Manager (Raw Material), Manager (Credit), Manager (Economic Investigation), Manager (Marketing)), Industrial Promotion Officer (IP) and Technical Officer cum Manager (Project).
Monitoring of DICs
The functioning of DICs and their achievement is monitored by Industries Commissioner. Meetings of General Managers are organised frequently to evaluate the performance and also help in resolving difficulties in implementation of different schemes.
To resolve the problems of industries/industrialists, there are two types of committees at the district level, viz.
1. District Industrial Executive Committee (DIEC)
A committee called DIEC is constituted for solving industry related problems and
promoting industrial growth. District Collector is the Chairman of this committee and General Manager of DIC is the Member Secretary. The other members of the DIEC are President of District Panchayat, DDO, MP, MLAs, prominent persons active in industries in the district and members of all district level industries associations.
2. Single Window Industrial Follow up Team (SWIFT)
Enterpreneurs face many difficulties when they start new industries. They have to deal with many government agencies and get many clearances. SWIFT helps them in guiding and solving their problems at a single spot. This commitee is working under the District Collector.
General Manager of DIC is the Member Secretary and District Development Officer is Vice President of SWIFT. All industries related officers in the district are members of this committee.
Functions of DICs
- Provisional SSI Units
- Permanent SSI Units
- Lubricant, Oil, Grease
- Approval of Production Programme
|Infrastructure Assistance :-
- Land recommendation and N.A.
- Raw material allocation
- Recommendation for loans from Financial Institutions & Banks
|Incentive Scheme :-
- Sanction and Disbursement of Interest & Cash Subsidy
- Quality Upgradation
- Cluster Development
- District or Taluka Level
- Buyer-Seller Meet & Exhibition
- District Level Open House
|Others Activities :-
- Recovery of Package Loan, Margin Money Loan & Subsidy
- Welfare of Salt Workers and Recovery of Royalty from Salt Works
- GBIFR Scheme
- Follow up of Industrial Approvals
- Follow up of units which have availed benefits under incentive schemes
|Self Employment scheme :-
- Recommendation of loan applications under Vajpayee Bankable Scheme
of loan applications under
| Co-operative Package Scheme :-
- Package Scheme
- Handloom Development Scheme
- Training & Production Centre
- Woolen Carpet Centre
- Weaving Scheme
- Recovery of Loan & Share contribution of
- Liquidation of Industrial Society
- Preparation of Project Profiles
- RAP/RIP Scheme
- Audit of Industrial Society
- Gramodyog Vikas Kendra
- Hastakala Mela