Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan managed to pass the new industrial policy on Wednesday though the Cabinet was divided, but the issue is far from resolved.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is smarting from the way the policy got cleared, and its ministers claim their concerns have been addressed. But the Congress denies it has agreed to make changes in its draft policy.
Industries minister Narayan Rane said: “The minutes of the last Cabinet meeting in which we approved the industry policy were confirmed without hassles.”
A senior NCP leader said Rane tried to bulldoze the policy through. “This is a public policy and it will get criticised in the public domain as certain clauses are flawed,” the leader said. “Rane even said that the next time you bring in your policies, we will behave accordingly.”
The NCP’s main demand was that 15% of the developed land be given to original landowners in the denotified SEZs that get converted into Integrated Industrial Areas, especially where land was acquired by the state.
The party also demanded that the land acquired by Cidco for SEZ (NMSEZ, though it was not named) should not be converted into IIAs and that the proposal should be brought before Cabinet.
The third bone of contention was over a proposed clause that gives cash rebate on VAT to export units, including those selling goods outside the state.
Two NCP ministers told HT that these concerns have been addressed and changes made accordingly. However, the CM’s office and industries department denied that it had undergone changes after NCP’s objections.
The state did not issue the notification of the new industrial policy or release policy details on Wednesday. There is confusion over whether there will be 20% housing reservation in the IIAs for economically weaker sections.