HAD COMMERCE & Industry Minister Babulal Gaur known that a volley of questions regarding the status of the State’s premier Mandideep Industrial Area would welcome him, he may have given a second thought to inaugurating the ISO 9001-2000 certified District Trade & Industry Centre (DTIC) at Mandideep on Tuesday.
Formally inaugurating the new avatar of DTIC - which was set up in 1990 and received ISO certification on October 16, 2006, Gaur gave a patient hearing to a host of complaints from the Association of Industries on poor infrastructure, lack of facilities and non-redressal of long-pending issues.
He said countries which had gained independence after India, had progressed more due to their policies. The first Industry Minister to visit the DTIC, since its inception, Gaur said the industry sector was a complicated one. He said while there was corruption on one hand, progress was not visible immediately, only after a certain period. “Corruption co-exists where there’s wealth,” he said.
“We have to go by the rule of law and cannot ignore the Vidhan Sabha or Cabinet,” he remarked, adding the proposal for setting up of an industrial development authority had been sent to the Cabinet for approval.
Although the DTIC has received ISO certification - a benchmark of quality assurance, the Centre still lacks several facilities, which are likely to affect it’s functioning. “The centre, which caters to the needs of industries in Mandideep, does not have broadband facility and STD connection, low budget is a hurdle in staff movements and promotional activities,” a source told Hindustan Times.
The centre openly put before the Minister that barring food processing, notifications related to investment in pharma and herbal had not yet been issued; lack of budget was proving to be a hindrance in providing facilities and to revert transfer charge from 100 per cent to 20 per cent.
“In spite of it, we’ve provided facilities under Escort Service to industries and facilitated 38 units with ISO certification,” claimed DTIC’s general manager CS Dhurve.
“But, DTIC should maintain ISO standards,” said Surewin Quality Certification’s RK Dalela. The function was a lackluster one, as it failed to draw representatives from medium and small industries. Thanks only to the Association, some big names like P&G, HEG, Lupin, Anant Spinning and Eicher, Albert David, Insulators India, Parle saved face.
In his address, Association of Industries’ president, DK Jain said apart from several pressing issues that that had been kept before the Government, no initiative had been taken in setting up of a 220 kV power sub-station, as assured.
Referring to a recent accident on Mandideep road that held traffic at ransom for almost a whole day, he said a company had
lost a Rs 100 crore contract, as its clients who were unable to reach the firm, finally decided to pull out.
“We may achieve double digit GDP growth or double our export figure, but these small problems, act as an impediment to our growth,” said Jain, urging the Minister for redressal and setting up of industrial development authority, to give relief to industries from the burden of multiple-taxation.