District Industries Centres (DICS)
The District Industries Centres (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 rural areas. The DICs are
envisaged as a single window interacting agency with the entrepreneur at the district level. Services’ and support to small entrepreneurs are provided under a single roof through
the DICs. They are the implementing arm of the Central and State Governments of the various schemes and programmes.
Registration of small industries is done at the district industries centres. The SEEDY/PMRY for employment generation is also implemented by the DICs.
The organisational structure of DICs consists of on General Manager, four Functional Managers and three Project Managers to provide technical servke in the area relevant to needs of district concerned. Management of the DIC’s is done by the State Governments. The scheme has
now been transferred to the states and from the year 1993-94, funds will not be provided by the Central Government to the States for running the DICs.
The DICs role is mainly promotional and
developmental. To attain this, they have to perform the following main functions:
(1) To conduct industrial potential surveys keeping in view the availability of resources in terms of material and human skill, infrastructure, demand for product,etc. To prepare techno-economic surveys and identify product lines and then to provide investment
advice to entrepreneurs.
(2) To prepare an action plan to effectively implement the schemes identified.
(3) To guide entrepreneurs in matters relating to selecting the most appropriate machinery and equipment,sources of its supply and procedure for procuringimported machinery, if needed, assessing requirements for raw materials etc.
(iv) To appraise the worthiness of the various proposalsreceived from entrepreneurs.
(V) To assist the entrepreneurs in marketing their products and assess the possibilities of ancillarisation and export promotion of their products,
(vi) To undertake product development work appropriate to small industries.
(vii) To conduct artisan training programmes.
(viii) To function as the technical arms of DRDA in administering IRD and TRYSEM programmes.
Till March 31, 1988, 422 District Industries Centres(DICs) have been set up covering 431 districts of the country leaving out the metropolitan cities and some new districts.