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Gaur hints at hike in compensation

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 11:23 IST

STATE COMMERCE and Industry Minister Babulal Gaur has indicated that the government may revise compensation package for the tillers whose land was requisitioned for setting up Auto Testing Track in Dhar district.

Gaur, who was in the City on Monday, told reporters, “the tillers want to be paid according to the current market rates while the law states that the compensation be based on the average rates of past one year and also the stamp duty paid, but we are taking a sympathetic view of the whole matter.”

Earlier, addressing a function of All India Manufacturers Association (AIMO) Madhya Pradesh Board at Pologround, Gaur appealed to the industry to give the Government some more time to improve infrastructure and set the stage for rapid industrialisation of the State.

“We have been in power for only two and a half years and need some more time to reverse the ill-effects of decades of nationalisation policy of the Centre and complete neglect of infrastructure in the 10-year rule of previous Digvijay Singh Government,” he said.

State Higher and Technical Education Minister Tukojirao Puar, Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, AIMO MP Board chairman Mahesh Mittal, octogenarian industrialist T C Jethmalani and other prominent industrialists and senior government officials were present on the occasion. Earlier in the day, Gaur inaugurated the ‘T C Jethmalani Auditorium’ at AIMO complex.

Gaur said the industrialists should not draw parallels with Gujarat, “as Madhya Pradesh does not have a single feet of coastal belt and Gujarat was a prosperous state even 50 years ago.”

He however said that Madhya Pradesh was emerging as the best investment destination due to its peaceful law and order situation and industrial friendly policies. “In past three years, we have brought an investment of Rs 1,45,000 crore and this will create an additional 2 lakh jobs in next two years.”

The government, he said, was making an all out effort to improve infrastructure including road, power and air connectivity. “The air cargo service to be launched from Indore will give a fillip to the industry in the region and soon the City will have improved air connectivity.”

Taking a dig at West Bengal government, Gaur said the Singur controversy has brought an industrialist like Ratan Tata “on verge of tears” and Bengal chief minister has himself admitted that their state was now suffering the consequences of years of wrong policies.

Earlier, AIMO MP Board chairman Mahesh Mittal, in his address, said the government should take industry bodies into confidence before forming any industrial policy. “I believe that number of litigations (against government policies) would come down by half if government follows this suggestion,” he said.

Mittal said the government should take advantage of the railway freight corridor being set up with Japanese collaboration between New Delhi and Mumbai and which will pass through the State. “We need to act now to be a part of this important project,” he said.

Mittal also presented a set of demands regarding the problems being faced by the local industry. Addressing the gathering, State Higher Education Minister Tukojirao Puar exhorted the industrialists to invest in Dewas, saying that scenario there would change once Narmada water supply starts.

Puar stressed on developing ITIs (Indian Technical Institutes) in the State to create more employment opportunities. Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma and industrialist T C Jethmalani also addressed the function.