State Awards – 2023 for Micro, Small, Medium, Large & Mega Enterprises, Best Performing Local Self Govt. Institutions and District Industries Centres
The Year of Enterprises 2022-23 initiative of the Government of Kerala to facilitate the establishment of “One lakh new enterprise in the state in One year” had seen success with the creation of 1,39,840 new enterprises in FY 2022-23 which created over 3 lakh job opportunities and brought in Rs. 8422 Cr of investment. The focus for the FY 2023-24 is to strengthen the industrial ecosystem and to ensure that the newly created enterprises are sustained and achieving growth. As a result of various activities implemented by the Industries Department to promote entrepreneurship, more enterprises are being established in the State.In view of recognizing the contribution of enterprises and appreciating the best performers & to motivate others to strive for excellence, GoK has decided to organize the State Awards 2023 for the best enterprises/ entrepreneurs, District Industries Centers, and local bodies in the State. As part of this endeavor, awards shall be conferred to the best enterprises/ entrepreneurs, Export Units, Local Self-Governing Institutions and District Industries Centers (DIC) in the State.
The awards shall be given to the best enterprises that have shown exemplary performance at the state and district levels. In addition to awards for enterprises operating in the manufacturing/ service/ trade sectors in micro, small, medium, large, and mega category, awards shall also be given to export enterprises, manufacturing startups and enterprises run by women/ SC/ ST/ transgender entrepreneurs. Further, Lifetime Achievement Award shall also be given to an entrepreneur in recognition of the outstanding contribution made towards the entrepreneurial and social ecosystem of the State. Awards for MSMEs, Large & Mega enterprises, and Export units are based on their performance till the FY 2021-22. Awards for best Local bodies and District Industries Centers are based on the support and services extended to industrial growth in their respective areas during the FY 2022-23 (Year of Enterprises). The nominations received from enterprises, Local bodies and DICs shall be evaluated through an objective and transparent selection system.
An online portal has been developed for submitting the nominations (http://awards.industry.kerala.gov.in). Enterprises should submit information on their investment, annual turnover, profits, exports, no. of employees, details of certifications received, environmental sustainability practices, etc. in the online portal. Best performing enterprises shall be selected using the scoring criteria developed based on the above information. The best District industries centers and local bodies shall be selected using the scoring criteria based on information such as the number of enterprises formed at the district and local body level as part of Year of Enterprises 2022-23, number of employment opportunities created, total investment, industrial parks, performance of other schemes of the department, etc. Government of Kerala is committed to creating an ecosystem where enterprises can grow and thrive. By recognizing and appreciating the contributions of the best performing enterprises, the state government also aims to inspire other enterprises and entrepreneurs to strive for excellence. Award nominations may be submitted in the online portal from 23rd August 2023 to 23rd September 2023.