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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
SAS Nagar, February 12, 2013
In an effort to boost the industry in Punjab, the state government would notify a new industrial policy within a month.
"We are in the process of formalising the policy," said Anil Joshi, Punjab industries minister, while talking to mediapersons at a senior secondary school here on Tuesday.

Joshi said, "We are studying industrial policies of different states. Soon, the secretary, industry, would be sent to Gujarat. The director, industry, is already touring Rajasthan to study the industrial policy. This is being done to incorporate the best of both states."

The new policy would have incentives for setting up industries in the state. "We are in process of setting up a land bank. We would put online the details of land available in the state for setting up industrial units," Joshi added.

"We would set up industrial clusters across the state. These would be divided into zones depending on the availability of raw material," the minister said. He said there was a proposal to set up a cluster in Lalru (SAS Nagar district).

In order to ensure that problems of the industry are redressed at the earliest, the government is setting up district facilitation committees in all districts, which would be headed by deputy commissioners.

"We already have a district facilitation committee in place in Ludhiana and other districts. Earlier, district industrial centres were unable to resolve problems of the industry due to lack of inter-department coordination," the minister added.

Talking about technical education, Joshi said, "Four new skill centres are being set up in the state, while 50 industrial training institutes are being upgraded."