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India has 7200 handloom & SME clusters: Minister
Apr '12
Under the Government's cluster development programme introduced to popularize the use of modern technology, there are 7200 clusters operating in the country, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, informed the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of India's Parliament.

These clusters are in the traditional handloom, handicrafts and small and medium enterprise (SME) segments, of which approximately 2500 are unmapped rural industry clusters, he said.

The introduction of latest technology in India's traditional handloom, handicrafts and SME clusters was necessary for their development, according to the Policy and Status Paper on Cluster Development in India, Foundation for MSME Clusters, 2007.

Accordingly, specific Ministries/Departments of Government of India promote the use of modern technology under various cluster development programmes.

Two such programmes are Micro and Small Enterprise Cluster Development Programme (MSECDP) and Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

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