Chander Prakash for optimum use of allotted land in Industrial Estates

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU Mar 14: Minister for Industries, Chander Prakash today said a mechanism is being evolved to ensure optimum use of the land allotted to registered units in Industrial Estates across the State and to combat the menace of selling the leased out plots or leaving them unused for years.
“The purpose of industrial promotion gets defeated when the entrepreneurs show disinclination in setting up of their units by selling out or letting these unused for years”, the Minister said while addressing the Chamber of Commerce and Industries here this afternoon.
Mr Chander Prakash said a system would be evolved wherein allotment of such of the plots not used during a specific time frame or sold out will be cancelled and re allotted to deserving entrepreneurs who want to launch their industries. He said while the Government will simplify the procedures to encourage industrialization, it will expect the unit holders to cooperate in this effort to give boost to productivity and employability.
The Minister said that focused attention would be paid to industrialization, as it holds key to tackling the unemployment problem on a larger scale.
Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Financial Commissioner I&C, Sourabh Bhagat, Secretary in I&C, Sheetal Nanda, Deputy Commissioner Samba, Director Industries and Commerce, Jammu, Managing Directors of SIDCO & SICOP and other senior officers accompanied the Minister.
As a step towards ‘Ease of Doing Business’, the Government has delegated powers to General Managers of District Industrial Centres subject to specific conditions, informed the Minister. He said that most of formalities have to be done at this level so this will facilitate the entrepreneurs to do their business in a totally hassle free manner.
Retreating Government’s resolve of ensuring a transparent and accountable dispensation to people, the Minister said that the corrupt officers will be shown the doors while the efficient will be encouraged. “This will make us strong enough to meet the enormous challenges in the sector”, he maintained.
“If we are inviting outside investors in the State we have to create infrastructure to facilitate industrial growth and employment generation”, the Minister maintained. He said that Government will do everything for raising a favourable atmosphere for officers to work but the entrepreneurs will also have to reciprocate for society’s good.
The Minister said that all the corporations would be empowered to make them a vibrant unit of the department. He said that a proposal for declaration of an area having 50 factories as an industrial estate would soon be formulated.
Earlier, the Minister visited industrial units Singer India Ltd and Sarveshwar Overseas and addressed the entrepreneurs at a function organised by Bari Brahmana Industries Association.
CCI and BBIA projected certain issues related to further streamlining of industrial sector these demands inter alia included implementation of Delayed Payment Act, a proper policy on power supply to industrial unit, dedicated feeders, restoration of Central Excise package, Khasso neutrality for DIPP, ICD & Technology Park, etc.

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