The Delhi government has come out with an industrial policy for the Capital after over two decades. The policy aims to catapult Delhi into a hub of industries. In an interview Chetan Sanghi, Commissioner of Industries spells out how the government will act as a facilitator. Excerpts.
Delhi has come out with a new industrial policy. What are its salient features?
The Industrial Policy envisages promotion of clean, hi-tech, non-polluting and knowledge-based industries in Delhi. It also provides that the existing units engaged in low-skilled activities graduate to hi-tech and knowledge-based industries. However, the policy does not provide closure of existing industries but the government will act as a facilitator for them for upgradation of technology.
How will the existing industries to graduate to knowledge-based industries?
The policy envisages transformation of existing industries to knowledge-based industries through skill development, upgradation of technology, tailor-made training programmes for the entrepreneurs to enable them to upgrade the technology or start high-tech / knowledge-based industries.
What will attract industries to Delhi?
We plan to promote special economic zones and industrial parks. Financial support from nationalised banks, Delhi Financial Corporation and technical support from ministry of micro, small and medium enterprise will also be given.
What if industries categorized as negative and prohibited in the MPD - 2021 conform to the environmental laws ?
As per MPD- 2021, prohibited category of industries is not permitted to be set up in Delhi.
How will the government tackle the problem of pre-1990 industries in local commercial areas?
Units in non-conforming areas had a fair chance to apply for alternate plots under the Relocation Scheme of 1996. But given the past experience, another relocation scheme is not envisaged in the policy. The effort would be to ensure that all the allottees construct the factory building and start manufacturing activities at the relocated site.
How will the policy restrict migration of
from the adjoining states?
With the thrust on clean, high-tech industries, only skilled work force would be able to migrate to Delhi. The policy nevertheless also envisages skill upgradation of the existing work force to equip them to work in high-tech industries.