Quality Council of India (QCI), an autonomous body setup by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India has signed an MoU with the Government of Punjab (Department of Industries & Commerce) for promotion & implementation of Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Certification Scheme. The MoU was signed during the launch of “Punjab Industrial and Business Development Policy 2017” event held at Ludhiana on November 24, 2017. ZED has been included in the Industrial Policy of Government of Punjab in the form of encouraging adoption of modern quality practices & linking incentives to achievement of performance ratings, ZED ratings etc. and providing additional support to ZED Scheme by "reimbursement of 50% of expenses subject to maximum of Rs. 5 lakh incurred on plant and machinery/testing equipment for obtaining at least ZED Silver Rating status under ZED scheme”.
The MoU was signed by Mr. R.K Verma (IAS), Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Punjab, and Dr. R. P. Singh, Secretary General, Quality Council of India, in the presence of representatives from both organizations and leading industry associations & MSMEs of Punjab.
Dr. R.P. Singh, Secretary General, QCI welcomed this initiative and said “Whether it is the government e-marketplace or e-commerce, ZED will become a distinguishing feature. ZED is expected to become a credible rating for MSMEs within India with an aim to be accepted across borders too”. He congratulated all stakeholders on this important event and urged everyone to take part in this initiative.
The ZED concept, which has been mooted by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, is expected to play an important role in the process of culture creation amongst entrepreneurs of our country. Our Prime Minister’s vision, of India being a manufacturing hub of the world through the Make in India initiative and inculcating ZED practices amongst our entrepreneurs, has now taken shape in the form of a national level scheme "Financial Support to MSMEs in ZED Certification Scheme” of Ministry of MSME and MSMEs have begun embarking on this journey. Quality Council of India is the National Monitoring and Implementation Unit (NMIU) for this scheme.
Quality Council of India (QCI) was established as the National Accreditation Body on recommendations of expert missions of the European Union after consultations in the Inter-Ministerial Task Force, the Committee of Secretaries and the Group of Ministers in 1996. It came into existence in 1997 through a Cabinet decision as an autonomous non-profit organization through seed funding by the Indian government and the Indian industry. The current Chairman is Mr. Adil Zainulbhai who was appointed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Fri 24 November 2017