Before the formation of Rajasthan, many of the covenanting States like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar, Udaipur etc. had separate Directorates of Industries. With the formation of Rajasthan the offices of Directorate of Industries of various States were integrated and an unified Directorate of Industries started functioning at Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur under Dr. N.N. Godbole, the first Director of Industries & Supplies of Rajasthan.
Thereafter, with the passage of time, lot of changes including administrative changes took place in the department. The Headquarters of Directorate of Industries shifted to Udyog Bhawan, Tilak Marg, Jaipur after staying for a while at Chomu House.
With a view to encouraging Small Scale Industries the Collectors and Superintendents of Industries & Commerce at districts and Divisional Headquarters respectively were empowered to sanction starting of small scale industries with a capital of not more than rupees one lac.
There are 36 District Industries Centres (DICs) working in the State and 7 District Industries Sub-Centres at Abu Road, Balotra, Beawar, Falna, Kishangarh, Makrana and Neemrana have also been set up to cater to the needs of small scale industries of the area. Headquarter office of the Department is situated at Udyog Bhawan, Tilak Marg, Jaipur.
The main functions of the Department are promotion of small scale industries, to assist in the marketing of their products, development of salt areas, handicrafts artisan development, development of handloom, etc. The Department also provides various concessions and facilities and assistance for setting up of industrial units in the State. Registration of SSI units under the scheme of Government of India is one of the main functions of the Department