On Saturday, the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in a press note warned of "unauthorized and ill-intentioned" activities of the MSME Export Promotion Council and also clarified that the government is not associated with the council.
"Ministry of MSME, Government of India has said that it is noticed that certain messages are being circulated in Media and Social Media regarding issuance of appointment letter to the post of 'Director' by MSME Export Promotion Council. It is also seen that this organization is using the name of Ministry of MSME," the ministry said.
"It is hereby clarified that Ministry of MSME, Government of India is not associated with the MSME Export Promotion Council in any way. Also, the Ministry of MSME has not authorized any posting or appointment to any post related with this council," it added.
"The Public is informed and advised not to fall prey to such messages or such elements," the ministry said.
The MSME Export Promotion Council's now opens with a pop-up message clarifying that it is a private company and not a department of the Government of India.
"Shri Harinarayan Rajbhar, ex-member of Parliament, is not a chairman of the UP chapter of the MSME Export Promotion Council. He is not associated, in any form, with the MSME export promotion council," the message says further adding the EPC has no office outside Delhi and no representatives, therefore all communications are to be made with the Delhi Corporate Office.