(Under section 4(1)(b)(i) of Right to Information Act, 2005)
1. The Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO), headed by the Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner (Small Scale Industries), is one of the apex bodies of the Government of India, Ministry of Small Scale Industries, to assist the Government in formulation of policies and programmes, projects schemes, etc., for the promotion and development of small scale industries in the country and also coordinating and monitoring the implementation of these policies and programmes, etc.
Promotion and development of small scale industries is primarily the responsibility of the States and Union Territories (UTs) and the role of the Central Government (including the SIDO) in this field is to aid and assist the States/UTs in this endeavour.
2. SIDO functions through a network of MSME-Development Institute (Formerly Small Industries Service Institute)s (MSME-DIs), Branch MSME-DIs, Regional Testing Centres (RTCs), Field Testing Stations (FTSs) and autonomous bodies. It renders services such as:
A] Advising the Government in policy formulation for the promotion and development of small scale industries and small scale service and business entities (collectively referred to as small enterprises) and for their graduation to medium enterprises.
B] Providing techno-economic and managerial consultancy, common facilities and extension services to small enterprises.
C] Providing facilities for technology up gradation, modernization, quality improvement and infrastructure of/for small enterprises.
D] Developing human resources through training and skill up gradation of small entrepreneurs as well as its own man power.
E] Providing economic information services to the Government and small enterprises.
F] Maintaining liaison with other Central Ministries, Planning Commission, State Governments and other organizations concerned with development of small enterprises.
3. Over the years, MSMEDO(SIDO) has served a useful purpose as a catalyst of growth of MSM enterprises through its countrywide and varied network of specialized field organizations. A list of field organizations under MSMEDO (SIDO) is given in Annexure I & II.