1. WELCOME TO MAHARASHTRA SMALL SCALE INDUSTRIESDEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONThe Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Ltd., popularly known as MSSIDC, was established onOctober 19, 1962 with a view to giving a new orientation and strength to the development of Small Scale Industries in the State ofMaharashtra. The main objective of MSSIDC is to aid, counsel, assist, finance, protect and promote the interests of SmallIndustries. The Corporation renders assistance to approximately 30000 SSI units in the State.MSSIDC plays a vital role in revival, development and growth of traditional handicrafts of Maharashtra by respondingto the diversified need s of rural artisans and marketing their products in India as well as abroad.Over the years, MSSIDC has grown to become Indias leading Small Scale Industries Development Corporation,continuously responding to the expanding and diversified needs of Small Scale Industries, Village and CottageIndustries, providing support services like Training and Entrepreneurship Development Programme.MSSIDCs Marketing -Maharashtra has a rich tradition of excellence in manufacturing. The different products manufactured by the SmallScale Industry (SSI) Units from Maharashtra are second to none in quality.MSSIDC gives a complete support right from how to set up a SSI unit to selling the products in the market toarranging an appropriate finance. Thus, MSSIDC provides a tailor-made service to fulfill the specific needs of SmallScale Units.MSSIDCs mandate is now expanded to include Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises known as MSME.SSI Criteria -Government of Indias Ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has established following criteria forthe SSI as of year 2010.Manufacturing Units -Investment in Installed capacity of Plant, Machinery & Equipment other than Land and Building -1) Micro - up to 25 lakh2) Small - 1 Crore, for certain segments upto 5 crore3) Medium - up to 10 crore
2. Services Units -Investment in Equipment other than Land and Building -1) Micro - up to 10 lakh2) Small - 2 Crore3) Medium - up to 10 croreStatus of Marketing Assistance -There is a steady growth in marketing turnover from 2005-06 onwards. More than 1200 units are registered withMSSIDC for Marketing assistance. During the year 2008-09, assistance was provided to 465 nos. of units. The totalturnover for marketing activity during year 2008-09 was Rs. 181.01 Crore (i.e. Rs.1.81 billion).RAW MATERIALS SUPPLY ASSISTANCE TO SSI UNITS -Raw Materials such as Steel and Coal are important for uninterrupted production. Small Scale Units require assuredand consistant supply of these critical Raw Materials to ensure the quality of their products, in-time production andmaintaining the delivery schedules.MSSIDC procures raw materials from main producers and supplies the same to SSI units. At present Corporation issupplying following raw material to the Small Scale Industries:1. Iron & Steel2. CoalSSI units requiring above raw materials have to apply to MSSIDC and complete registration procedure with IDC andMSSIDC.MSSIDC procures the raw materials only from Central Government or State Government Public Sector Corporations& Undertakings.Commercial Warehousing:Commercial Warehousing is another important activity of MSSIDC.Under this activity MSSIDC makes available their godowns located at various places to the Governmentorganisations, Public Sector Undertaking, Small Scale Industries, other industries for storing their products for thebenefits of Industrial units.
3. Provides warehousing facility at Godowns located at varous places to Public Sector Undertakings .MSSIDC also undertakes the handling of the material, if desired by the customer.Following are the locations and the space details of the godowns which has spread in MaharashtraLocation of the Godown Details of space availableLaghu Udyog Bhavan, Area of Plot: 26438 sq.ft.Plot No. 1, Near DigvijayCement Factory, Basement - 8694 sq.ft.Sewree (E), Ground floor - 7944 sq.ft.Mumbai-400015 First floor - 9135 sq.ft. Second floor - 2303 sq.ft Third floor - 2263 sq.ft. Open area - 17699 sq.ft2 Plot No. 53, Near BPT Hospital, Open Area - 29581 sq.ft.Nadkarni Park Road, Covered Area - 7500 sq.ft.Wadala (East)MumbaiPlot No.A-301, Road No. 33, Open Area: 3000 sq.ft.Wagle Estate,Thane7 Plot No.D-10, Road No. 33 Open Area - 35000 sq.ft.Wagle Estate,ThanePlot No. 480, Opp. Libra Weigh Bridge,Near Truck Terminal, Kalamboli, Taluka Panvel, Dist. Open Area - 234823 sq.ft.Raigad Covered Area - 34433 sq.ft.Plot No.51,52,56,57 & 58, Open Area - 74165 sq.ft.Block - D, MIDC, Chinchwad, Pune Covered Area - a) 4320 sq.ft. old godown b) 3854 sq.ft. Groud Floor, New B Semi-Covered - 2596 sq.ft.
4. A-2/3, MIDC, Open Area - 12109 sq.ft.Opp. State Bank of India, Ahmednagar Covered Area - 147 sq.ft.Handicrafts ExhibitionExhibitions are best vehicles to showcase the products. It is a place to have a direct interface with buyers anywherein the world. It offers great opportunities for business development and marketing of products and services.MSSIDC regularly participates in the Handicraft Exhibition organized by the Development Commissioner in India andabroad. It acts as a nodal agency on the behalf of the Government of Maharashtra and thus provides a national andinternational forum for the SSI Units to market their products.1) Craft Bazar Nashik ( 17.3.2012 to 26.3.2012)2) Calender of exhibition proposed during 2012-2013Paithani (Marathi: ) is a variety of sari, named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad Maharashtra statewhere they are woven by hand. Made from very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in Maharashtra.Paithani is characterised by borders of an oblique square design, and a pallu with a peacock design. Plain as wellas silver - gold butti designs are available. Among other varieties, single colored and kaleidoscope-colored designsare also popular. The kaleidoscopic effect is achieved by using one color for weaving lengthwise and another forweaving widthwise.Handicraft:MSSIDC is a Nodal agency for implementation of various schemes for development of handicrafts and to preservethe languishing arts of handicrafts in the State of Maharashtra. MSSIDC implements the schemes for development ofhandicrafts of State Government as well as Government of India.Handicraft Artisans can register themselves with MSSIDC. MSSIDC also undertakes periodic surveys to registerartisans. In addition to giving prime display space for selling at MSSIDCs Marhati Emporia and annual exhibitions,MSSIDC provides training to next generation of younger artisans and supports artisans through assistance.Some of the well-known handicrafts of Maharashtra are -Kolhapuri Chappal - Leather Footwear -
5. Kolhapuri chappal making is a major handicraft industry that employees over 20,000 craftspersons in the district.Kolhapuri chappals are flat, intricately patterned, handcrafted leather footwear traditionally made in Kolhapur by thecommunity whose hereditary occupation is tanning and leather work. Originally the footwear was made for daily useby farmers and field workers but the simple ingenious design has reached out to a wider spectrum of people all overthe world. The cords used to stitch the sandals are made of leather. Surprisingly, no nails are used in their making.Made of buffalo hide, fine goat leather is used for the plaited strips that decorate their upper portion. Dyed in naturaltan, deep maroon, mustard yellow and dark brown colours they are decorated with leather braids and golden zari(tinsel) cords. Though traditional designs have thong-like straps with a toe strap for further strength, the craftsmennow produce simple variants of these designs such as kachkadi, bakkalnali and pukari. Numerous designs, alongwith the introduction of new colours, have evolved over time to cater to contemporary demands.Warli Painting -Living in Thane district of Maharashtra, the Warli tribe is known for the sacred pictographs that they paint on the wallsof their huts during wedding rituals. Rice paste and straw was smeared on the walls as base and motifs inspired fromtheir life, nature, epics, legends, local incidents and tales painted on it with a brush made of twigs. Palaghata, thegoddess of trees and plants symbolizing creative energy, is the central theme of these paintings. The visual energy ofthe Warli painting is attained through line drawings of multitudes of tiny human forms engaged in hunting, dancing orcultivating land, colour is not the main criteria. In recent years the medium of these painting has transferred to paperand cloth layered with cowdung paste which produces the characteristic natural and dull background with the motifspainted white.
6. Wooden Toys -Sawantwadi is popularly identified with wooden toys that are made from mango tree. Though the craft is traditionallydone by the Chitari, other communities have also adopted this craft due to its commercial success. The toys aremade by several techniques: wood and lac turnery, by assembling flat shaped pieces and by sculpting solid wood.Seasoned mango wood is turned into cylindrical shapes with chisels and, its surface finished. At least four to five toysare turned together on the lathe at a time. Before removing the turned items, lac mixed with colours is applied to thefinished surface. These are separated and the base of each item is finished with a sander. Toys are also made bycutting different profiles with the jigsaw, which are later assembled into a whole product. The cutout pieces arefinished on a sander, smoothened with sandpaper, painted and assembled.Ganjifa Cards -They are circular playing cards made from paper that is covered with a mixture of tamarind seed powder and oil,painted and coated with lac. Darbari cards have decorative borders and Bazaar cards are without borders. It used tobe a popular pastime at the Indian courts. The classic Mughal ganjifa with its 96 cards and 8 suits penetrated intothe social milieu of India and the Deccan that later, with its themes and characters from Hindu mythology, gainedwidespread acceptance. The most popular was the Dashavatar depicting the ten incarnation of Vishnu. Ganjifa cardswere introduced in Sawantwadi. The Chitari community in Sawantwadi, known for their skill in lacware and woodcraft, learnt to make these cards. Today the cards are used as gift items and educational aids.Silverware - - (Chandi Che Kaam)
7. Silver artifacts, an integral part of Maharashtrian religious ceremonies has now evolved into a flourishing trade.Untreated silver is first melted, allowed to take the desired shape and size in rectangular moulds, and intricatedesigns are created by using embossing tools. Parts of the products are made separately and then solderedtogether. The final matt or gloss polishing is done with a brush using soapnut powder solution. Silver jewellery is anancient craft of Hupri. Silversmiths at Hupri specializing in making popular oxidized jewellery embellish it further withmeenakari and patterns based on the delicate shape of the papal tree, the champak, babul and aonla flowers and theambi (mango).Bidriware -Bidri is a specialized and refined technique using complicated sequences of inlay and enamelling found only in Indiathat follows in essence the techniques of the Persian way of inlaying gold and silver on steel or copper. It involvesfour distinct processes of casting, engraving, inlaying and finishing. The principle of sandcasting is integral to themanufacture of bidriware. Once the object is made and smoothened with sandpaper and blackened, a kalam is usedto chisel the required design, and then strands of silver wire are hammered into these grooves. If the design ischiseled into larger patterns, small pieces of silver and brass cut out from sheets are pressed in. A black colour isgiven to the surface and rendered permanent by rubbing it with a mixture of earth and ammonium chloride afterheating it slightly. When burnished with oil, the inlay is revealed. Bidri uses a rust-proof and non-corrosive metal alloywhich is believed to be an ingenious innovation introduced at Bidar. This form of decoration is often worked on roundcontainers such as bowls, as well as caskets, jewellery boxes and other small boxes and includes delightfulcombinations of fine lattice work interspersed with floral clusters, leaves and flowers. There are two principletechniques - tarkashi (inlay of wire) and tehnishan (inlay of metal sheets).Dhurrie Weaving -
8. Satrangi, sataranji, striped flat weave dhurries are woven on frame looms in several districts of Maharashtra - whichis one of the largest cotton-growing states of the country. The weavers of the Maniyar community weave three typesof dhurries - plain flat weave shataranji, jainamaaz, prayer mats, with single or multiple prayer niches, and chindi orrag dhurries. They are woven in various sizes. Chindi dhurries are being woven by displaced mill workers from theVidarbha region who have been assisted and trained by NGOs to produce these rugs. Cotton dhurries are used asfloor spreads to sit or sleep on, and as prayer mats with the prayer niche placed in the direction of Mecca.Banjara Embroidery -The nomadic banjara communities, who trace their origins in Rajasthan, create beautiful embellishments on cloth.The Banjara women, locally referred to as Lamani, make symmetrical embroidery by lifting the wrap thread of thefabric with a fine needle and making triangles, diamonds and lozenges, parallel to the weft thread, giving the effect ofan extra weft weave. They specialize in making borders of long skirts that are part of their traditional costume. Thebase cloth is usually, handwoven madder (red-coloured cloth), over which embroidery is done in yellow, green, red,off-white and black. Cowrie shells and tassels are also used with the embroidery. Since this embroidery is laboriousand time-consuming it is usually done when the women are free from their main occupation of harvesting sugarcane.
9. Bamboo Work -Bamboo workers of the Thakur community make baskets, fans, containers and ghoghada or rain shield that aretreated to prevent attack from moths and to ensure durability making them popular with the locals. The technique ofbasket weaving is similar to cloth weaving. A variety of techniques are used to make shapes. Thakur, Mahadev Koli,Kokna and Warli are some of the tribal communities residing in Raigad and Thane districts are engaged in Bamboowork.Brass Musical Instruments - ( , व )Taal, Jhansh and Ghanta are metal instruments which accompany songs and rituals. Taal and jhanjh are bothcircular paired brass percussion instruments played by striking the two heads together. Taal is a small-sizedinstrument in which the pair is tied together with a string. The jhanjh is like a cymbal and used during the communityfestivals and also during weddings. They are now made by the sandcasting technique though until some years backthey were made by beating the metal into the required shape.