Monday, February 6, 2012

[ZESTCaste] DICCI to open its 6th chapter in city

DICCI to open its 6th chapter in city
Vaibhav Ganjapure, TNN Feb 5, 2012, 04.35AM IST

NAGPUR: The Dalit Indians Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DICCI),
which was set up on April 14, 2005 in Mumbai, will be opening an
office in Bajaj Nagar on Sunday. This would be its sixth chapter with
the other offices being in Mumbai, Delhi, National Capital Region
(NCR), Bangalore and Hyderabad.

The DICCI attempts to bring all Dalit entrepreneurs on a single
platform and bring about development largely in their community and
has been set up on the lines of the Confederation of Indian Industries
(CII). It has nearly 1,400 members from all over India.

"Nagpur has huge potential to grow industrially," said Arun
Khobragade, who will assume the charge of chairman of the Nagpur
chapter during the installation ceremony on Sunday evening. Nishay
Shelke and Sanjay Gosavi would be the vice-presidents.

Khobragade, an IIM graduate, revealed that deputy CEO with Bombay
Stock Exchange (BSE) Ashish Kumar Chavan would be present on the
occasion along with DICCI chairman Milind Kamble. "Over 125
entrepreneurs have joined and requests are still coming. We will
reopen the membership in August," he said.

The former VP of ABN-Amro Bank said DICCI members were contributing to
about 4% to the GDP and 20% to the small and medium enterprises (SME)
sector. "Initially, we will focus on creating opportunities for
members and empowering them through information and knowledge
exchange. We will conduct skill development and entrepreneurship
development programmes," he said.

Samir Fulzele, a distributor for HCL products who joined DICCI, said,
"We will now get a chance to interact with business leaders and take
inspiration from them," he said.

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