Directorate of Industries & Commerce

                                                                              Government of Kerala

The Department of Industries and Commerce is headed by the Hon'ble Minister for Industries. The administrative head of the department is the Additional Chief Secretary (Industries). The Directorate of Industries & Commerce Department is located at Vikas Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, headed by the Director (Industries & Commerce).

Directorate of Industries and Commerce is dealing with the implementation of various industrial activities and is responsible for promoting / sponsoring, Registering, Financing and advising MSMEs (Micro Small or Medium Enterprise) in the state. The role of directorate is to act as a facilitator for industrial promotion and sustainability of MSMEs (Micro Small or Medium Enterprise) and traditional industrial sector in the state. Directorate of Industries and Commerce is the controlling office of the 14 District Industries Centres, Common Facility Service Centres at Changanacherry and Manjeri and Documentation Centre.


To nurture and promote entrepreneurship utilizing the local human resources and natural resources to ensure sustainable and inclusive development of the State.


  • To carryout capacity building and skilling activities to empower entrepreneurs with skills and
  • knowledge essential for starting and operating enterprise.
  • To effectively utilize the locally available natural resources and human resources for economic development and employment generation.
  • To create necessary industrial infrastructure and provide adequate logistical support to facilitate industrial Growth in the state.
  • To provide financial incentives to enterprises at different stages of their life cycle
  • To create a harmonious Ease of Doing Business ecosystem in the state ensuring smooth start up and business operations.
  • To provide necessary assistance to the enterprises in the state for finding national and international markets.


  • Ensuring starting of targeted number of new MSMEs every year.
  • Create a transparent and robust online platform for delivery of services to the entrepreneurs by utilizing and other state of the art applications.
  • Identify entrepreneurs and motivate them via awareness programmes , Entrepreneurship Development Club etc.
  • Facilitate project ideas/project profiles/project feasibility advice/business with financial institutions
  • Give appropriate technology sourcing/ know how/evaluation/tie ups with national and international partners.
  • Provide information on the availability of infrastructure / market/machinery details Suppliers / raw materialsource & dealers.
  • Conduct Seminars/ Entrepreneur Development Programmes/Technology clinics/investors meet etc for entrepreneurs.
  • Act in liaison with financial institutions/other departments/agencies.
  • Provide hand-holding services to the unit to start operation and meet statutory requirements and assistance to get necessary licenses/ clearances / NOC from statutory bodies through Single Window Clearance Board.
  • Extend financial assistance to MSMEs under the different schemes of the state Government.
  • Continued support and assist in scaling-up of existing MSMEs
  • Implement schemes to identify and revive sick/stressed/defunct MSMEs.
  • Organise /assist Entrepreneurship Development Clubs in Schools/Colleges
  • Assist formation of Industrial Clusters and co-operative societies.
  • Implement schemes related to industries undertaken by other departments or Government of India.
  • Ensure schemes providing preferential support to MSMEs, conducive to the state’s sustainable development goals.
  • Acquire and develop land to establish Industrial Development Plots/Areas/Mini Industrial Estate for entrepreneurs in the state.
  • To conduct exhibitions and other marketing activities in the district and state level for enterprises in the state
  • To participate and to assist the participation of local enterprises in national and international markets
  • To provide online platform for B2B and B2C interactions
  • To assist Government in ensuring that the Public Procurement Policy is implemented
  • To ensure settlement of delayed payment disputes of MSMEs within the state protecting their interests.
  • Assist the state and central Government in framing policy matters in industrial sector and areas connected with it.
  • To act as an information source for entrepreneurship in the state




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