THE INDIAN Industries Association (IIA) believes that the Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) is being formed to invite investments for projects only from large corporate houses.
“We are clueless about LIDA’s latest project status as no invitations are extended to representatives from small and medium enterprises (SME) to attend the high-level meetings held at the State Secretariat,” IIA president Tarun Khetrapal told HT.
“The Government refuses to buy our side of the story that the world over it is the SMEs which form the largest segment of investors setting up projects in any industrial zone in a country,” he said.
Khetrapal said the IIA had made several representations to the State Government, while demanding inclusion of some representatives from the SME sector in official meetings for providing inputs on what could be the best path for making the LIDA viable in the long run.
“The officials just do not invite us for meetings. We are now safely assuming that nothing is actually happening on the LIDA front, as nobody in the government is prepared to even inform us of the current status of the project,” he said.
In fact, the IIA had invited LIDA officials for a meeting at its headquarters in Lucknow sometime ago where none of the officials turned up for discussions on the project,” Khetrapal said.
A notification was issued by the State Government in August 2005 which announced the formation of an 11-member committee for “smooth functioning of LIDA” in the state.
As per the notification, the principal secretary/secretary of the Industrial Development Department was appointed as the honorary chairman of LIDA. The other honorary members of the committee are: Principal secretary/secretary, PWD, principal secretary/secretary, Urban Development, principal secretary/secretary , Finance, UPPCL chairman, Jal Nigam managing director, LDA vice-chairman, chief town and village planner, Lucknow divisional commissioner, UPSIDC managing director and chief executive officer (CEO).
The Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) managing director was appointed the chief executive officer by the State Government for rapid development of LIDA.