About us


The District Industries Centre, Ramanathapuram is located rear to the Gate way of Collectorate, Ramanthapuram with surroundings of Green Trees and 5 kilometers away from the Ramanathapuram Municipality towards Rameshwaram National Highways. It is situated in its own building of 17352 square feet constructed in the year 2002 by the Construction Wing of the Department of Industries & Commerce at a cost of Rs.47 lakhs.                 

The District Industries Centre at Ramanathapuram  is functioning  ever since 15.03.1985, after trifurcation of the erstwhile composite Ramanathapuram District.


1. The primary role of the District Industries Centre is Registering of   all the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Cottage Industries and Handicrafts Industries in Ramanathapuram District.

2. If any of the Industrial Entrepreneur faces any difficulty in setting up of his Industry, he may approach the Single Window Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of the District Collector, Ramanathapuram, which in turn, clear all the hurdles faced by the entrepreneur by providing immediate power supply through Taminadu Electricity Board, plan approval and all required licenses by summoning the respective Departmental Officers under one roof.

                   Besides taking effective steps to boost up of the growth of Industries under MSME policy 2008, the Department of Industries and Commerce encouraging the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises set up by the Entrepreneurs by way of granting a Special Packages of Incentives such as State Capital subsidy, Low Tension Power Tariff subsidy and Generator subsidy to them through the District Industries Centre, Ramanathapuram.

          For wide publicity of functions of District Industries Centre, Motivation Campaigns are conducted periodically by the District Industries Centre. During the Mass Contact Programme, the schemes and various functions of the District Industries Centre are delivered to the Public so as them to avail the all benefits of Government of Tamilnadu.   The various schemes for formation of New industries and assistance provided by us are often circulated among the public by various methods viz. Bit Notices, Pamphlets, wall posters and News Papers.

Some definitions


An entrepreneur is defined as a person who organize, Manage and faces the problems while running a business or an Industry or an enterprise. It may be in different types.

Proprietor- an entrepreneur can work himself with some employees

Partership-The entrepreneurs take part in the business, Industry as  “Joint Activity”

Active Partners: -Who contribute money to the partners for the business and not take                          
                                part   in the business actively.

The other major functions of the District Industries Centre are listed out below:

1.  Filing of Entrepreneur Memorandum As per MSME Act 2006

                   The District Industries Centre is the competent authority to acknowledge the Entrepreneur Memorandum filled by the entrepreneur for both setting up an Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises unit  as Part-I and Production Commenced Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises units as Part-II as  per the MSME Act 2006 (Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises   Act 2006). The Government have now relaxed this procedure to help the entrepreneur for obtaining the both Entrepreneur Memorandum Acknowledgements through online. For Registration of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises through online, the entrepreneur can browse the website             “ http://www.msmeonline.tn.gov.in “ and select the option “Filing of Part-I” for setting up an Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and select the option “Filing of Part-II” for Production Commenced Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Classification of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

          As per Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises   Act 2006, the industries are classified as
Manufacturing Sector

          Micro Enterprises      :Investment up to 25 lakhs
          Small Enterprises      :Investment above 25 lakhs and up to 5 Crores
          Medium Enterprises   :Investment above 5 Crores and up to 10 Crores

Service sector
          Micro Enterprises      :Investment up to 10 lakhs
          Small Enterprises      :Investment above 10 lakhs and up to 2 Crores
          Medium Enterprises   :Investment above 2 Crores and up to 5 Crores

2. PMEGP Scheme

                Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) is a Centrally sponsored scheme launched in the year 2008 by merging the two schemes “Prime Minister  Rozgar Yojana Scheme” implemented  through District Industries Centre and “Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP)” implemented  through Khadi and Village Industries Commission. It is one of the Credit linked Subsidy scheme. The main objective of the scheme is Generation of more number of Employment through Self Employment to unemployment.

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The maximum cost of the project /unit admissible under manufacturing sector is Rs.25 lakh and for Business/Service Sector is Rs.10lakh. Any individual who completed 18 years are eligible for apply in this scheme. There will be no income ceiling.      

          For setting up of new project costing above Rs.10 lakh in the manufacturing sector and above Rs. 5 lakh in the business /service sector, the beneficiaries should  possess at least VIII standard pass educational qualification. Existing Units, and the units that have already availed Government Subsidy under any other scheme of Government of India or State Government are not eligible under this scheme. Self Help Groups (including those belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) provided that they have not availed benefits under any other Scheme), Institutions registered under Societies Registration    Act,1860, Co-operative Societies, and  Charitable Trusts are also eligible for assistance under PMEGP.

Documents required:

(1) Ration Card/ Voters Identity Card, (2) Community Certificate for Gents, (3) Certified copy of the Bye –laws of the Institution,(4) Certificate for Qualification, (5) Copy of sale deed/ Lease Deed/Rental Deed, (6) Quotation from Manufacturer(Having TIN/TNGST Registration),(7) Detailed Project Report, (8) Plan Approval for the Land,(9) Blue Print, if the Buiding is to be constructed. (10)  Application in duplicate,(11) Two Copies of Passport Size Photo.   

Processing of Application:

                   The applications received by the District Industries Centre are placed before the Task Force Committee for Interview of the applicant under the Chairmanship of the District Collector. The applications selected in the Task Force Committee are forwarded to concerned Banks for necessary Financial Assistance. After getting sanction letter from the Bank, the applicant will undergo Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) Training for a Two weeks at “Centre for Rural Development  and Education (CERDE), 48-C, Ilangovadigal Street, Ramanathapuram”.

Negative List of Activities

The following list of activities will not be permitted under PMEGP for setting up of micro enterprises/ projects /units.
a)Any industry/business connected with Meat(slaughtered),i.e. processing, canning and/or serving items made of it as food, production/manufacturing or sale of intoxicant items like Beedi/Pan/ Cigar/Cigarette etc., any Hotel or Dhaba or sales outlet serving liquor, preparation/producing tobacco as raw materials, tapping of toddy for sale.

b) Any industry/business connected with cultivation of crops/ plantation like Tea, Coffee, Rubber etc. sericulture (Cocoon rearing),  Horticulture, Floriculture, Animal Husbandry like Pisciculture, Piggery, Poultry, Harvester machines etc.

 c)Manufacturing of Polythene carry bags of less than 20 microns thickness and manufacture of carry bags or containers made of recycled plastic for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging of food stuff and any other item which causes environmental problems.

d)Industries such as processing of Pashmina Wool and such other products like hand spinning and hand weaving, taking advantage of Khadi Programme under the purview of Certification Rules and availing sales rebate.

e)Rural Transport (Except Auto Rickshaw in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, House Boat, Shikara & Tourist Boats in J&K and Cycle Rickshaw).

3. Incentives to MSME units

 Government of Tamilnadu with a view to stimulate further industrial development, attract investment, facilitate new manufacturing capacity and enable global manufacturing competence & competitiveness of local industry have announced this New Industrial Policy 2008 for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.


          To revive the MSME in the state, to reduce regional imbalance in the industrial development, to encourage modernization & Upgradation of technology to create employment opportunities and infrastructure facilities.

 1.Infrastructure Support:

  1. Upgradation of existing industrial estates ,Stamp duty exemption on Registration , 50% Rebate on stamp duty and registration in industrially backward area and industrial estates
  2. Privately developed estates, 20% infrastructure subsidy on approved infrastructure items, 50% Rebate on Stamp duty and registration at the time of original allotment.

2.Support to Micro Manufacturing Enterprises:

          All Micro Manufacturing enterprises established any where in the State will be eligible for the following incentives.

  1. 15% Capital subsidy on eligible plant and machinery
  2. LTPT subsidy at a flat rate of 20% for 3 years from DCP or date of power supply which ever is later.
  3. Subsidy equal to the assessed Value Added Tax (VAT)paid by them for the first 6 years after the date of commencement of production
  4. Micro Manufacturing Enterprises will be exempted from payment of stamp duty on mortgages and pledged document

3.Support to MSME in Backward Area:

          The blocks such as Mandapam, Thirupullani, Thiruvadanai, R.S.Mangalam, Nainarkoil, Bogalur, Kamuthy, Kadaladi and Mudukulathur are declared as Backward blocks in Ramanathapuram  District. The units to be started in the above blocks are eligible to avail the following Incentives.

1. 15% Capital subsidy on eligible plant and machinery

2. 5% Employment incentive subsidy to enterprises, in which employees atleast 25 workers for minimum period of 3 years( ESI, EPF records to be furnished)

3. An additional capital subsidy of 5% will be given to enterprises set up by women, SC/ST, Physically disabled & Transgender entrepreneurs.

4. An additional capital subsidy of 25% for MSME for promotion of clean and environment friendly technologies. (ECO friendly green Technology)

5. LTPT subsidy at a flat rate of 20% for 3 years from Date of Commencement of Production (DCP) or date of power supply which ever is later.

6. The subsidy scheme of backward areas would be extended to agro based enterprises in all blocks in the State.

4.Special Capital subsidy for Trust sector Enterprises:

Special capital subsidy at the rate of 15% on eligible plant and machinery for the following activities.

  1. Electrical & Electronics industry ,   Auto parts and components
  2. Solar energy equipment ,    Pollution control equipments
  3. Cost effective building material , leather and leather goods
  4. Drugs and Pharmaceuticals , Gold and Diamond jewelry for exports
  5. Sports goods and Accessories, Readymade Garments


Any other industry to be notified by the Government in this regard from time to time.

5. Technical Support:

a.Mini Tool Rooms:

          Government will provide support to Mini Tool Room projects to be taken up by any Industrial cluster / Association at the rate of 25% of project cost (Max Rs.1 crore).

b.Cluster Development Scheme:

          Government will provide support to establish common facility centre to be set up by a Industrial cluster/Association at the rate of 25% of project cost (Max Rs.1 crore).

c. Back Ended Interest Subsidy:

          A Back Ended Interest Subsidy at the rate of 3% (Max Rs. 10 lakhs) will be extended on loans taken up by MSME for modernization in specified sub-sectors/products.

d. Technology Business Incubator:

          Financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 50 lakhs would be provided for creation of basic infrastructure for setting up of centres of Excellence & Technology Business Incubators in MSME Sector.

e. Subsidy for asset creation for Intellectual property:

          50% of cost of filling a patent (max Rs. 2 lakhs) would be provided to MSME for innovations capable of industrial applications.

Similarly 50% cost of application for Trade Mark Registration. Max       Rs. 25000/- would be provided to MSME for filling the application. 

5.Marketing Support to MSE:

Price preference of 15% will be extended for purchase of goods of Domestic MSE as provided in the Tamilnadu Transparency in Tenders Acts, 1998.

6.  Policy for Rehabilitation of sick MSME:

         A rehabilitation fund will be set up for rehabilitation of sick enterprises. The fund will be managed by the Industries Commissioner and Director of Industries and Commerce.

5. Skill Development and Training

         This scheme is formulated with Enterprise Associations.
The Customized Entrepreneurship Development Training Programme for entrepreneurs in sunrise sectors like Information Technology Enabled Services, Business Process Out Sourcing, Enterprise Process Out sourcing, Knowledge Processing Out sourcing  and Bio-Technology of different durations would be taken up in association with Financial Institutions in Manufacturing and service under Public Private Partnership mode.

6.Export Promotion Cell

The Exports plays an important role in the Industrial and Economic development of the state. A District Export Promotion Cell is functioning to help the MSME Entrepreneurs in Exporting of their finished goods. A comprehensive Trade Information Portal with network connectivity to  District Industries Centre, Ramanathapuram is to be  set up by the Directorate of Industries and Commerce in collaboration with Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO).
                   The information required to an entrepreneur  is downloaded from the  website provided for this purpose.

7. Award  to MSME Industries

To encourage the Micro, small and Medium Enterprises Industrialists, the District Industries Centre has recommended their performance to award them to following awards.

    • Best Women Entrepreneur Award
    • Export and Import Award
    • Quality award
    • Awards issued by various Industries Associations.
    • Award  to Cottage Industries
    • Award  to Handicraft  Industries

7.Regional Micro, small and Medium Enterprises Facilitation Council

To recover the long pending dues of Micro, small and Medium Enterprises  from the Purchaser, a   Regional Micro, small and Medium Enterprises  Facilitation Council is functioning at Madurai for the southern Region consisting of Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Dindigul and other southern Districts.

8.Single Window  Clearance Committee    

A Single window Committee is constituted under the Chairmanship of the District Collector, Ramanathapuram to redress the hurdles faced by the Industries in getting Power Connections, Plan Approval of the Buildings from various Government Departments. The committee received the applications from the Entrepreneurs, which in turn, clear all the hurdles faced by the entrepreneur by providing immediate power supply through Taminadu Electricity Board, plan approval and all required licenses by summoning the respective Departmental Officers under one roof.

9. Rehabilitation of Sick Micro, small and Medium Enterprises 

As per the 4th all India census, 699 MSME units have been identified as closed and defunct. They are to be reviewed under this scheme and if any sickness identified, such units will be placed before the Sick Unit Declaration Committee. 

10. Formation of Industrial Co-operative societies

          With the minimum of 25 members industrial co-operative Societies are formed as to provide employment opportunities to the members. The DIC is providing managerial Skill and Marketing of goods produced by the members.

Commissionerate of Industries and Commerce 
Chepauk, Chennai 600 005

(PBX No 28548173)

 Email/Website    indcom@tn.nic.in         http://www.tn.gov.in/ssionline

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Addl Commr

Thiru Har Sahay Meena IAS




Addl Dir (DIC)





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In the early 15th Century the present territories of Ramanathapuram district comprising of taluks Tiruvadanai, Paramakudi, Kamuthi, Mudukulathur, Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram were included in Pandiyan Kingdom. For a short period, this area was under the Chola Kings when Rajendra Chola brought it under his territory in 1063 AD.   In 1520 AD., the Nayaks of Vijayangar took over this area under their control from the Pandiyan dynasty for about two centuries, Marava chieftains-Sethupathis who were Lords under Pandiyan Kings and  reigned over this part (17th  century).   At the beginning of the 18th century,  family disputes over succession resulted  in the division of Ramanathapuram.  With the help of the King of Thanjavur in 1730 A.D. one of the chieftains deposed Sethupathy and became the Raja of Sivaganga.  Acting upon the weakness of the Nayak rules, the local chieftains (Palayakarars) became independent.  Raja of Sivagangai, Sethupathy of Ramanathapuram were prominent among them.  In 173, Chand, a Sahib of Carnatic, captured Ramanathapuram.   In 1741,  the area came under the control of the Marattas and then under the Nizam in 1744 AD, Nawab’s rule made displeasure in the mind of those chieftains.  That made them declare  the last Nayak as ruler of Pandiya Mandalam against the Nawab in 1752 AD. By that time, throne of Carnatic had two rivals,  Shanda Sahib and Mohamed Ali,  and this district was part of Carnatic.  The British and French supported Chanda Sahib and Mohamed Ali respectively.  It paved the way for series of conflicts in the southern part of the continent.


In 1795, the British deposed Muthuramalinga Sethupathy and took control of the administration of Ramanathapuram. In 1801 Mangaleswari Nachiyar was made the Zamindar of Sivagangai  After passing of Queen, the Marudhu Brothers took the charge by  paying regular revenue to the East India company.  In 1803 the Marudhu Brothers of Sivaganga revolted against the British in collaboration with Kattabomman of Panchalamkurichi.  Colonel Agnew captured Marudhu Brothers and hanged them and made Gowri Vallbah Periya Udaya Thevar as Zamindar of Sivaganga.  After the fall of Tippu Sultan, British took the control and imprisoned the Nawab.  In 1892 the Zamindari system was abolished and a British Collector was appointed for administration.


In 1910, Ramanathapuram was formed by clubbing portions from Madurai and Tirunelveli district.  Shri J.F. BRYANT I.C.S was the first collector. And this district was named as Ramanathapuram.  During the British period this district was called “Ramnad”.  The name continued after independence.  Later the district was renamed as Ramanathapuram to be in conformity with the Tamil Name for this region.


As per GO.Ms.No. 347 dated 8.3.1985, Ramanathapuram was trifurcated on 15-3-85 as

1) Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar District which consists of Thiruppattur, Karaikudi, Devakottai, Sivaganga, Manamadurai and Ilaiyankudi Taluks. This district was later renamed as Sivaganga district
2) Kamarajar District which consist of Sriviliputtur, Virudhunagar, Chiruchuli, Aruppukottai, Sattur and Rajapalayam Taluks.This district was later renamed as Virudhunagar district.
3) Ramanathapuram District, which consists of Tiruvadanai, Paramakudi, Kamuthi, Mudukulathur, Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram Taluks
Shri S.GURUMURTHY I.A.S was the district collector during the trifurcation of the Ramanathapuram district.

One village (Emaneswaram) of Ilaiyankudi Taluk in Sivagangai district was transferred to Paramakudi Taluk in Ramanathapuram District as per GO.Ms.No.393/Revenue Department Dated 15.03.1985. Rameswaram sub taluk was upgraded into full-fledged taluk as per GO.Ms.No.3248 dated 23.12.1981.
The Erstwhile Mudukulathur Taluk was bifurcated as Mudukulathur and Kadaladi Taluks as per GO.Ms.No. 277/Revenue Department dated 15.3.1995

23 Revenue villages of Tiruvadanai Taluk in Ramanathapuram district were transferred to Devakottai taluk in Sivagangai district as per GO.Ms.No. 698/Revenue Department dated 21.8.1998 with effect from 1.9.1998.

One Revenue village (Valanai) of Tiruvadanai Taluk in Ramanathapuram district was transferred to Sivagangai taluk in Sivagangai District as per the GO.Ms.No.874/Revenue Department dated 29.10.98 with effect from 20.2.99





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