The 'District Industries Centre' (DICs) programme was started by the Central government in 1978 with the objective of providing a focal point for promoting small, tiny, cottage and village industries in a particular area and to make available all necessary services and facilities for entrepreneurs at one place.

The District Industries Centre is the institution at the District level, which provides all the services and support facilities to the entrepreneurs for setting up Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. This included entrepreneurial capacity building through training programmes, identification of suitable schemes, preparation of feasibility reports, arrangements for credit facilities, machinery and equipments, provision of raw materials and development of industrial clusters, organize various industry fairs to find markets etc. This Centre also caters Registration and Development of Industrial Cooperatives.

The district level machinery of the directorate is situated at District Industries Centres (DIC), headed by the General Manager, DIC. The post of General Manager is of Joint Director Level. The General Manager is assisted by the Manager (Credit), Manager (Economic Investigation), Manager (Development), Manager (Handloom) and an Administrative Assistant.

Taluk Industries Offices headed by Assistant District Industries Officers are functioning under District Industries Centres (DIC). Industries Extension Officers are deployed in all Block Panchayaths, Municipalities and Corporations

The functioning of DICs and their achievement is monitored by the Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) and Director Of Industries & Commerce. The Review of the General Managers is organized frequently to evaluate the performance and also help in resolving difficulties in implementation of different schemes.

14 (fourteen) District Industries Centres (DICs) are functioning, one each in the 14 districts of the state.

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