Under the Ninth Five-year Plan Period, a target of training 90,500 persons was made out of which 68,525 persons were actually trained. 73,672 applications were sanctioned for providing financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 380.84 crores and an amount of Rs. 297.21 crores was actually dispersed to 59,578 applicants. The subsidy was met entirely by the Government of India.
Under the Tenth Five-year Plan, the areas identified by the government for the development of SSIs are "Leather and Leather products", "Textiles and Readymade Garments", "Gems and Jewellery", "Pharmaceuticals", "Information Technology", "Bio-Technology", "Automobile Component", "Food Processing", "Coir Industries", etc. The introduction of Market Development Assistance scheme (M D A), Entrepreneur Development Institute (E . D . I .), State Industries Centers - EDP Training, Women Entrepreneur Development Programme, Construction of DIC building, maintenance, contribution to specific fund (TTM) etc, Assistance to Coir Industrial Co-operative Societies, Assistance for setting up of Industries (Capital Investment Subsidy to SSI Units) etc, has made it possible for the cottage industries to flourish well. "Handloom Weavers Co-operative Societies", "Spinning Industry", "Power loom Industry", "Garments Industry", "Knitwear Industry", "Processing Industry", etc have all been set up to encourage the working of these SSIs. The cottage industry in India is making rapid strides in the current fiscal, though there are no certified statistical data supporting the same.