Special Marketing Assistance Scheme (SMAS)

As of June 2019, 16,556 SC-ST entrepreneurs have been benefitted through 655 events 

Special Marketing Assistance Scheme (SMAS)

 

Marketing support to the SC/ST enterprises for the enhancement of competitiveness and marketability of their products will be provided by way of the following type of events:

  • Organizing Visit to International Exhibitions/Trade Fairs/Seminars Abroad
  • Participation in International Exhibitions/Trade Fairs Abroad
  • Organizing Visit to Domestic Exhibitions/Trade Fairs
  • Participation in Domestic Exhibitions/Trade Fairs
  • Vendor Development Programmes
  • Organizing Workshops/Seminars/Awareness Campaigns

The main features of Special Marketing Assistance scheme are:

  • SC/ST units must be registered in the MSME Data Bank at the time of availing the benefit under the scheme.
  • Maximum size of the booth/stall in the exhibition/trade fair should be 3mx3m.
  • SC/ST entrepreneurs shall be allowed reimbursement under SMAS for maximum of 2 (two) international events and 4 (four) domestic events in a financial year, irrespective of the number of units they own. Also, a person cannot represent more than one MSE in a financial year.
  • Minimum participation of 5 SC/ST Enterprises for visit to International Exhibitions/Trade Fairs/Seminars abroad is essential. There is no minimum number of units prescribed for participation in international exhibitions/trade fairs abroad.
  • In case of participation of 5 or more SC/ST enterprises in international events abroad, 1 representative from NSIC may accompany. However, in case of participation of more than 10 SC/ST enterprises, one more representative from NSIC/Ministry of MSME may be considered. The duty allowance for such officials shall be as per their entitlement.
  • The SC/ST units may apply to NSSH through field offices of NSIC under SMAS at least a month in advance for domestic events and two months for international events.
  • With regard to the Vendor Development Programme, targets should be fixed for each year and MSME this may also be involved in achieving the targets.
  • The proposals under SMAS shall be processed at NSSH and placed before the Screening Committee at NSIC for MAS and based upon its recommendation, the approval may be provided by CMD-NSIC. In exceptional cases of deviations, the proposals shall be sent for approval of Administrative Ministry.
  • All other terms & conditions, application forms, documents required and eligibility criteria laid down in the guidelines of International Cooperation scheme of Ministry of MSME, as amended from time to time, shall be applicable to SMAS.
  • The Scheme of SMAS shall be monitored and funded by the Ministry of MSME under National SC/ST Hub scheme.
  • The proposed activities with component-wise admissibility is given as under:

Activity

Component

Scale of Assistance

1. Organizing Visit to International Exhibitions/Trade Fairs/Seminars Abroad

Airfare

100% of the economy class Airfare by the shortest route for one representative belonging to SC/ST from each participating SC/ST enterprise

Daily Allowance

Double of the rate of the country-specified daily allowance as per MEA guidelines.  This would include expenses for accommodation, transport, etc.

Maximum Budgetary support

Rs. 1.50 Lac for a participating SC/ST enterprise per event

 

2. Participation in International Exhibitions/Trade Fairs Abroad

Built-up stall charges

100% subsidy on minimum stall size.

Airfare

100% of the economy class Airfare by the shortest route for one representative belonging to SC/ST from each participating SC/ST enterprise

Daily Allowance

Double of the rate of the country-specified daily allowance as per MEA guidelines.  This would include expenses for accommodation, transport, etc.

Freight

  Rs. 30000 maximum

Maximum Budgetary support

 Micro SC/ST Enterprises

Rs.3.00 Lacs

 

 Small SC/ST Enterprises

Rs.2.50 Lacs

 

Medium SC/ST Enterprises

Rs.1.50 lacs

3. Organizing Visit to Domestic Exhibitions/Trade Fairs

Fare

100% to and fro actual fare of bus /train/air travel (limited to AC-III tier class) from the nearest railway station/ airport to the place of an exhibition by shortest route for one SC/ST person per SC/ST enterprise subject to maximum of Rs. 10,000/-.

4. Participation in Domestic Exhibitions/Trade Fairs

Built up Stall charges

100% subsidy on minimum stall size of the event.

Fare

100% to and fro actual fare of bus /train/air travel (limited to AC-III tier class) from the nearest railway station/ airport, to the place of exhibition by shortest route for one SC/ST person per SC/ST enterprise subject to maximum of Rs. 10,000/-.

Freight

100% to and fro transport charges for carrying exhibits/products from the location of the manufacturing unit up to the place of exhibition subject to maximum amount of Rs. 15,000/- per exhibition.

Maximum Budgetary support

Rs. 1.50 Lacs for a participating SC/ST enterprise per event

5. Vendor Development Programmes

Organizing VDPs / BSM by Industry Associations

The budget would depend upon the various components of the expenditure i.e. space rental, interior decoration, advertisement, stationery & printing material, transportation, lunch/refreshments etc. However, the net budgetary support for the VDP would be subject to the following limits:-

National level  :Rs.10 Lacs 
State / regional level :

  1. Rs. 5 Lacs if the meet is held in ‘A’ class cities.
  2. Rs. 3 Lacs if the meet is held in ‘B’ class cities.
  3. Rs. 2 Lacs if the meet is held in ‘C’ class cities.
  4. Rs. 1 Lac if the meet is held in rural areas.

Note:-Transportation cost will be paid to SC/ST units to participate in Vendor Development Programmes (VDPs)

6. Workshops/ Seminars/ Awareness Campaigns

To be organized by Industry Association/ Field Offices of NSIC, MSME DI

Expenditure for organizing Workshop/Seminars would be subject to a maximum limit of : - 
National level : Rs.5 Lacs 
State / regional level :

  1. Rs. 2,00,000 in case of ‘A’ class cities.
  2. Rs. 1,00,000 in case of ‘B’ class cities.
  3. Rs. 50,000 in case of ‘C’ class cities.
  4. Rs. 30,000 in case of rural areas.