The District Industries Centers (DICs) programme was started on May 8, 1978 with a view to provide integrated administrative framework at the district level for promotion of small- scale industries in village areas.
Registration of small industries is done at the DICs.
At present there are 422 DICs operating in 431 districts of our country.
Role and Function of DICs
The DIC’s role is mainly promotional and developmental. To achieve this, they perform the following main functions:
1. Conducting Industrial Potential Surveys:
DICs conduct surveys keeping in view the availability of resources in terms of materials and human skill, infrastructure and demand for the product.
They also conduct the techno-economic surveys and identify the product lines. Accordingly, they provide investment advice to the entrepreneurs.
2. Identification of Entrepreneurs:
DICs identify and develop new entrepreneurs by conducting entrepreneurial motivation programs throughout the district.
3. Advice in Selection of Projects:
DICs appraise the commercial worthiness of various proposals and provide technical advice to new entrepreneurs for the selection of the projects suitable to them.
4. Registration of SSIs:
After the selection of the projects, the entrepreneurs are issued the provisional SSI Registration which helps them to avail the financial assistance from banks/ financial institutions.
5. Advice to Entrepreneurs:
DICs guide entrepreneurs in matters relating to the selection of the most appropriate machinery and equipment, sources of its supply and procedure for procuring imported machinery, assessing requirements for raw materials etc.
6. Purchase of Fixed Assets:
DICs sponsor the loan applications to SIDCO , banks , for the purchase of land and buildings and sanction Margin Money .
7. Artisan Training Programmes:
DICs conduct the artisan training programmes (for village artisans and handicrafts) in their respective districts.
8. Subsidy Schemes:
DICs assist SSI Units and rural artisans to get subsidies such as power subsidy, interest subsidy etc from various institutions.
9. Self employment for unemployed educated youth:
This scheme was introduced in 1983-84 for youth between 18 to 25 years. Technocrats and women are given preference.
10. Action Plan:
DICs prepare the action plans for the industrial development of the district. These plans are coordinated with the District Credit Plans of the Lead Bank
11. Fairs and Exhibitions:
DICs encourage the SSI units to participate in the fairs and exhibitions organized at State, National or International levels by providing free space for display of their products.
12. Helps to obtain credit:
DICs recommend loan applications of entrepreneurs to banks and financial institutions and help them to obtain credit.
13. Entrepreneurship Development Programme:
DICs conduct EDPs to develop entrepreneurial skills in the young entrepreneurs.
14. Revitalization of Sick Units:
DICs study the reasons of SSI’s being sick and take corrective actions to remove sickness and revitalize the sick SSIs.
15. Other roles: In-plant study and research Motivation for generation of non-conventional energy Help and guidance for pollution control Availing raw materials to SSIs Marketing assistance etc.