The Haryana government’s ongoing industrial survey for framing policy decisions does not seem to be heading towards serving a substantial purpose with thousands of units not cooperating with the enumerators. Proposed by the government in September 2011, the survey began in February and is slated to wind up in June.
However, enumerators of the international consulting firm, Mott MacDonald, hired to conduct the survey, have been returning from several units without collecting the required information.
A senior official of the state industries and commerce department told HT from Chandigarh on Wednesday that nearly 8,000 small, medium and large industrial units have so far refused to provide information.
“This is a very strange situation,” said the official requesting anonymity.
The proprietors of these units are not forthcoming in divulging details as they fear being caught on the wrong foot, said officials of the industry department.
Several units avoid coming on our record as they are running on illegal electricity connections or have opened more than one bank account to save on sales tax, they said.
Department officials are organising sensitisation meetings with the industry and assuring them that the purpose of the survey is not to tighten the noose around them, but to plan better industrial infrastructure in the state.
One such meeting was held in Gurgaon recently where the industry and commerce secretary and other senior department officials met industry associations and chambers.
However, amid all this resistance from industrial units, HP Yadav of the NCR chambers of commerce, said, “The government has assured that the survey details will be kept confidential and it is in our interest to provide more information to the enumerators so that we can have better opportunities.”