Based on the findings of the authors doctoral research, the present volume carefully examines the multi-faceted problems of the Modern Small Scale Industrial Sector of Assam with particular reference to the undivided district of Dibrugarh. Taking capacity utilization as yardstick for industrial growth, the study analyses the various constraints relating to Marketing, Financial, Material, Labour, which stand in the way of the SSI units in utilizing their full capabilities. Apart from these objective problems the book points out certain subjective issues which hinder smooth functioning of the SSI units. The effectiveness of various incentive and supporting measures of the Government to the SSI sector, their channelising procedures and the entrepreneurs response and attitude to such measures are also scrutinised. Moreover, the prospects of ancillary and down stream industries on the basis of demands and wastes of large and medium scale units are examined with great care. A few striking features of the book are (a) it measures the extent of loss to the community due to existence of idle capacity in the SSI Units; (b) it points out the factors contributing to motivate entrepreneurship and correlates the same with performance of the industrial Units; and (c) it examines industrial sickness under small scale sector in its true perspective pointing out the apparent and real causes thereof. The book, marked by clear and lucid expression introduces various new lines of analysis in the area of social science research. It is likely to prove immensely useful for the entrepreneurs, policy planners, academics, researchers and also to the enlightened public.
Dr. Ranabijoy Deb (b. 1958) obtained his Master’s Degree in Commerce from the Gauhati University in 1981 and that of Ph.D. under the Department of Economics, Dibrugarh University in 1991. A life member of Indian Commerce Association and a pragmatic writer on industrial topics, Dr. Deb has contributed research papers and articles in several Research Journals and news papers. Presently he is serving as a Lecturer and Head, Department of Commerce in Margherita College, Tinsukia, Assam.
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