Vendor Development Programmes

As per Procurement Policy mandate & to expedite and encourage the SC/ST enterprises to be part of public procurement process, the hub would facilitate vendor development programmes which will be organized by CPSEs/Central Ministries. These programmes are being introduced with an aim to enrol potential SC/ST suppliers to be the part of respective supply chains. Facilitation to regular vendor development meets would be organized, to strengthen the interaction between CPSEs/Central Ministries and SC/ST suppliers. Post interactions, the SC/ST suppliers would be evaluated and adopted under Vendor Development Programmes. The broad steps for adoption of SC/ST enterprises are detailed in the below diagram.

Special Vendor Development Cell would be created in procurement department of each CPSE/Central Ministry with a nodal officer for SC/ST vendors. Furthermore, Stand-Up India and other Government programmes will be leveraged by CPSEs/Central Ministries to extend support to new SC/ST enterprises as part of Vendor Development Programme.

The number of VDP’s conducted by CPSE for the period of 2015-2016 are available at

Budding Entrepreneurs

The National Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Hub aimed to promote entrepreneurship at the grass root level enabling economic empowerment and subsequent job creation for SC/ST groups. A number of schemes have been launched by the Ministry of MSME. In addition to this, the Hon’ble Prime Minister has also launched Start-Up India initiative to create a sound ecosystem, to generate entrepreneurs, which is strongly supported by Stand Up India initiative, working towards provision of loan at an affordable cost.