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Niryat Bandhu Scheme

Niryat Bandhu Scheme

Niryat Bandhu Scheme

Niryat Bandhu Scheme was announced by the Government on 13th October 2011 to mentor first generation entrepreneurs and growing exporters on the intricacies of foreign trade using counselling, training and outreach programmes. Given the rise in small and medium scale enterprises and their role in employing people, MSME clusters have been identified to improve the scope of exports.

To achieve the objective of the scheme, outreach activities will be organized in a structured manner with the assistance of Export Promotion Councils and other willing knowledge partners in academia and research community. Besides, for the optimal utilization of resources, all the stakeholders will be associated, including, ECGC, Customs, Banks and the respective Ministries.

Components of the Scheme

  1. Preparation and development of material for the use of new IEC Holders and its printing.
  2. Training of new entrepreneurs every month in each RA.
  3. Training/ meetings/ seminars at towns of export excellence on a specific topic.
  4. Seminars at Industry associations, universities, management schools, etc.
  5. Capacity building of selected entrepreneurs in institutions imparting training in export-import that are related to specialized issues.
  6. Capacity building of ITS/ DGFT officers.


The following methodology would be adopted by the scheme.

  • Training of new entrepreneurs (IEC Holders) each month in each RA.
  • Traning / meetings / seminars at towns of export excellence on specific topic.
  • Seminar at Industry association, Universities, Management schools, etc.
  • Capacity building of selected entrepreneurs at the institutions t oprovide training in export-import related specialized issues.

Certification Programme

In September 2015, an ‘Online Certificate Programme on Export Business’ was introduced by joining hands withIndian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) for new exporters, employees of status holders, entrepreneurs etc. The programme uncludes 20 live sessions of two hours that can be attended by registered participants using their desktops. Each month, programmes would be held to run a course with a maximum of sixty participants.

Total Estimation and Duration

The scheme would be implemented in the 12th five-year plan. A year-wise break-up has been prepared for four years. The total cost of the scheme is Rs. 23.23 Crore.