he initiative will help the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in becoming national and international champions

In an attempt to give a big boost to small and medium enterprises, the government has launched CHAMPIONS, an ICT-based technology platform as a one-stop-shop solution to tide over the difficult situation they are facing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, CHAMPIONS stands for Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength.

The portal is basically for making the smaller units big by solving their grievances, encouraging, supporting, helping and handholding, an official statement explained..

This ICT based system is set up to help the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the present difficult situation and also to handhold them to become national and international champions.

Minister of MSME and Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadakari was also present at the launch of this initiative.

Main objectives of CHAMPIONS:

  • Grievance Redressal: To resolve the problems of MSMEs including those of finance, raw materials, labor, regulatory permissions etc particularly in the Covid created difficult situation;

  • To help them capture new opportunities: including manufacturing of medical equipments and accessories like PPEs, masks, etc and supply them in National and International markets;

  • To identify and encourage the sparks: i.e. the potential MSMEs who are able to withstand the current situation and can become national and international champions.

  • According to the MSME ministry, it is a technology packed control room-cum-management information system. In addition to ICT tools including telephone, internet and video conference, the system is enabled by Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Machine Learning.

    It is also fully integrated on a real-time basis with the central government’s main grievances portal CPGRAMS and the MSME Ministry’s own other web based mechanisms.The entire ICT architecture has been created in-house.

    The system has a network of control rooms created around a hub & spoke model. The Hub is situated in New Delhi in the Secretary MSME’s office. The spokes are in the States in various offices and institutions of the MSME Ministry.

    As of now, 66 state level control rooms are connected through video conference and to the portal of Champions. A detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) has been issued to the officers and staff have been deployed and training has been conducted for them, the official statement said.

    IVD Bureau