FLO to focus on restarting businesses: Usharani Manne

Usharani Manne
Usharani Manne

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad chapter of Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) recently announced the appointment of its new chairperson for the year 2020-21 through a first-of-its-kind virtual change of guard ceremony. Manne is the founder and director of Polmon Instruments Pvt. Ltd, specialising in measuring and control instrumentation and automation solutions for the life sciences industry. Speaking to Sruti Venugopal, Usharani Manne outlines her vision for the organisation and what challenges are companies facing due to the pandemic.


Vision for 2020-21

The theme for this year is empowered and it will be on three pillars – engage, enrich and enable. Generating sustainable livelihood for women at the grassroot level is our main agenda. We will be focusing on agriculture, beekeeping, cold-pressed oils and training women from tier-2 and 3 cities by providing assistance. In the urban landscape, we will be looking at promoting handicrafts and also provide skill and training support which will eventually lead to more employment.

Digital skilling

Another focus area for us is digital literacy among all women entrepreneurs. We are working with ITI colleges and national skill training institute wherein we will be providing different modules on digital literacy to reskill the workforce in our member companies. We will be continuing our collaboration with WE-Hub in order to provide mentorship support to our entrepreneurs from our member companies.

Events in lockdown

The Covid-19-induced lockdown and subsequent physical distancing measures have pushed us to change our strategy in terms of events and meetings. We are shifting from being organising weekly physical meetings to webinars to keep our members engaged and enthused. We have weekly one webinar on a range of topics like wellness, health, restarting business and also meditation. Our focus will be to help our member companies to revive and restart their business that has been severely impacted due to the lockdown. We will be also looking at MSMEs to train them in new technologies.

Industrial park

We have an exclusive industrial park for women entrepreneurs at Sultanpur spread across 50 acres, out of which 38-acre sale-able plot has been occupied. We are talking to government to get an additional 50 acres of land in order to support various women entrepreneurs. About 17-18 industries are functioning in the park in the fields of electronics and packaging, among others.

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