As Secretary MSME, Sharma will handle a key area that the Prime Minister wants to focus on to make India self-reliant. As Additional Secretary in the PMO, Sharma was in charge of infrastructure and was promoted as full Secretary early this month. He was the key official who handled the Prime Minister’s monthly PRAGATI exercise that reviewed key Central government programmes and Centre-state projects.
Sharma’s transfer as Secretary MSME is stated by officials in the Union Ministry as part of the Prime Minister’s plans for India’s economic revival in the post-lockdown scenario. The MSMEs, which employ 120 million Indians, account for 33.4 per cent of India’s manufacturing output and 45 per cent of overall exports, are in the doldrums following the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.