MUMBAI: Union Minister Sushma Swaraj today pitched for a separate market for women entrepreneurs to enhance their incomes and advised them to scale up production of commodities they are selling.
If the Centre gets a proper blueprint of production of commodities in large volume, such a market could be developed for thousands of women in the financial capital, she said.
She was interacting with over 1,000 women entrepreneurs belonging to dozens of Mahila Bachat Guts (self-help groups) in Ghatkopar as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's directive to his Ministers to reach out to people on the work done by the NDA Government.
"Mahila Bachat Guts need a separate market on the lines of captive market. These women sell their products at single stall that do not fetch proper income and mostly the commodities are unsold. I feel there should be a captive market for these entrepreneurs where they can sell their items conveniently."
"These women entrepreneurs need to produce items in bigger volume because a captive market needs production in voluminous quantity.
"So you all decide, what kind of work (production) you are apt for or what are you doing. Then we can launch a drive for skill development for production of those items under a single brand which will pave way for expansion of business," Swaraj said.
The Minister is in the city on a two-day visit and slated to interact with 32 groups of businessmen, students, youth, legal and medical professionals, minority community, SMEs, small traders, chartered accountants, teachers and unorganised labourers, among others.
Earlier, she met representatives of small-scale industries and assured them to draw the Finance Minister's attention to problems being faced by them.
The External Affairs Minister was also facilitated by a few people whom she had helped through her Ministry when they were in trouble on foreign soils.