JAMMU, Sept 24: A delegation led by senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta today called on Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India and discussed various issues related to industrial growth in the UT.
The delegation comprising Mayor Jammu Chander Mohan, former ministers Sat Sharma, Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal and Shakti Parihar, former MLC, Vibodh Gupta, secretary Arvind Gupta and Protocol Incharge, Sanjay Khanna urged the Union MoS to ensure further boosting up of industrial growth in the Union Territory by establishing big industry and rejuvenating the sick units which are lying defunct due to indifference shown by the successive governments.
Kavinder Gupta complimented the UT administration for taking proactive steps in making industries more vibrant and viable but he said that this sector remained dormant for nearly hundred years as no previous government took interest in exploiting the resources rich State to set-up industry which J&K deserved for its economic development and employment needs. He said this lacuna of the successive governments is also one of the reasons for turmoil in the erstwhile State as Pakistan took advantage of the situation and misguided the youth to the hilt.
The delegation said that although J&K administration has announced a new industrial developmental scheme (IDS) with a total outlay of Rs 28,400 crore to encourage new investment and to take industrial development to the block level but still lot more has to be done to get maximum benefit of this sector as it can prove out to be a game changer if exploited in true sense because expansion of industry can tackle unemployment, create new avenues for business, bring in more business giants for investment and above all will provide products in the local markets at reasonable rates. The delegation said that industrial growth in right perspective can be a great help in creating employment opportunities, income generation and overall economic development of the UT.
After listening to the issues and demands presented by BJP delegation led by Kavinder Gupta, the Union MoS Pandey assured that he will project the aspirations of the delegation at the appropriate platforms with recommendation of giving sanctions to more incentives and taking steps to bring in major industrial houses in the UT in coming time.