There is little awareness about MUDRA among the small businesses it is meant to cater to, elaborate Anjan Roy and Buddhadeb Ghosh.
It is amazing how memories cling to the mind-space. Almost three decades after it was launched, the Twenty Point Programme for the upliftment of the economically weaker section still dominates the mind space of people. If you ask any ordinary small business person or even a block development officer (BDO) about the government aids available for the economically vulnerable section, their immediate response will be whether the question is about the Twenty Point Programme. That is at least our experience during some extensive field visits in Uttarakhand, parts of Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and West Bengal. We have talked to numerous people including small traders, vegetable vendors, shop owners, unemployed graduates, fishermen, fish suppliers, and local state government officials.