National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programmes: A Study on Relevance and its Implementation Challenges

Authors: N. Jayarama Shetty , Dr. Manjunath VS , CNB Rajesh

Abstract

NMCP was introduced in the year 2006-2007 for supporting the MSME sector to increase their competitiveness in the globalized era. Even after a decade, the performance of the programme has not been evaluated so far and there is no word of that as well. Thus a research on the evaluation of the relevance and implementations challenges was carried out. A structured questionnaire was administered to 200 respondents and the responses were tabulated and analyzed with respect to awareness, relevance and implementation of NMCP.It was found in the study that the MSMEs have a generic awareness of NMCPand feel that the components of the NMCPare very relevant for them. However, the ministry of MSME was found to be lagging in the implementation support. The factor analysis of challenges faced by MSME has revealed that the programme, as defined, would definitely be able to support the MSMEs to face challenges effectively. However, the implementation lag is making the challenges more pronounced and hence attention should be directed towards effective and proactive implementation.

Keywords : NMCP, Competitiveness, MSME, Factor Analysis