Boost efforts to facilitate industry in State: Advisor Skandan

Advisor K Skandan chairing a meeting at Jammu on Saturday.
Advisor K Skandan chairing a meeting at Jammu on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 17: Advisor to Governor K Skandan today reiterated Government’s commitment to expand the industrial scope in all potential areas to give further fillip to this vital sector and said that industrial sector is a viable source of employment for the youth, besides being essential for boosting the State’s economy.
The Advisor was speaking at a meeting, convened with officers of Industries and Commerce Department, here today.
Principal Secretary, I&C Navin Kumar Choudhary, Additional Secretary I&C Department, Ramesh Kumar, Managing Director J&K SIDCO, Ravinder Kumar, Director I&C Department, Anoo Malhotra, Additional District Development Commissioner Reasi, Ramesh Chander, General Manager DIC Jammu, Namrita Dogra, General Manager DIC Udhampur, Suram Chand Sharma, General Manager DIC Rajouri, General Manager DIC Doda besides other senior officers of concerned departments attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the Advisor was briefed on the overall scenario of industrial activities in Jammu region and initiatives taken for the promotion of industry.
It was informed that 1789 industrial units are functional in Kathua, 217 in Doda, 39 in Rajouri and 2632 units are functional in Jammu district; besides 27573 employments were generated.
Taking note of the achievements, the Advisor asked the officers to prepare action plans and undertake focused efforts to facilitate industry in the State. He stressed on making all necessary amenities available to the existing and new industries being set up here including providing them access to High Speed Optical Fiber Network, CFCs, proper infra viz drainage, provision for shelter for workforce, SWM systems, Sewage Treatment Plants, road connectivity, regular power and water supply, among others.
Taking serious note of non-functional registered industrial units in various districts, the Advisor directed for immediate de-registering of these units. He also stressed for regular technical monitoring of various industrial units and removing industrial sickness by devising workable revival plans. He directed the concerned officers to identify the suitable land in Samba for establishment of pharmaceuticals, pharmacy and other allied industries.
Further, the Advisor directed for organising workshop in collaboration with NABARD involving industrialists and bringing various stake holders on board by taking their suggestions, feedback for industrial development in the region. He urged for soliciting, private investments and Private Public Partnership in industry especially tourist transport sector.
He directed the department to develop support infrastructure in the State to facilitate incoming industry like tourism related facilities for visitors at Lakhanpur, Ramban; promoting recreational, holistic entertainment industry in Reasi district; facilitating processing units for agriculture, horticulture allied produce in Udhampur and Doda.
He asked for exploring scope of setting up consumable industry products manufacturing units near major industries like power projects.
The Advisor also called for promotion and revival of traditional and heritage handicrafts of the region including Basholi arts by dovetailing it with the modern technologies in design development.
Meanwhile, Advisor reviewed the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) at JKEDI Industrial Estate Bari Brahmana.
The meeting was attended by Additional Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, Ramesh Kumar, Director JKEDI, Tufail Mattoo and District Nodal Officers of JKEDI Jammu Division.
The Advisor was briefed on achievement of the Institute in terms of developing the entrepreneurial culture in the state and performance of district offices in the division.
Advisor asked the JKEDI to work on the data of unemployed youth available with District Employment & Counseling Centre and create a roadmap for enabling them with livelihood options. He focused on innovative and modern approach to be adopted for upgrading the working style by the Institute. “Tie ups with reputed resources nationally and internationally to acquire the mentorship must be pursued, which will enable the Start Up culture to flourish in state”, he added.
Earlier, Director JKEDI gave a brief presentation on profile and working of the Institute.