Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday met industry leaders, including Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, to give impetus to the 'Make in Maharashtra' initiative.
Besides Ambani, Bharat Forge chairman Baba Kalyani and Piramal Group chairman Ajay Piramal were part of the delegation, which met the chief minister and had detailed discussion on ways to increase the state growth rate and boost employment opportunities in Maharashtra, an official said after the meeting.
Fadnavis informed the industrialists about the measures taken by the BJP government to boost the industrial sector along with emphasis on job creation, the official said.
The top corporate honchos assured Fadnavis of cooperation in the 'Make in Maharashtra' initiative and spoke of the "positive atmosphere" in the state on the industrial front.
In the meeting, discussion was focused on current status and past trends of the manufacturing sector in Maharashtra, problems being faced by the sector in the state and measures required to be initiated to make Maharashtra the preferred investment destination for the industry.
While Maharashtra continues to be the preferred destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) and domestic investment across manufacturing and service sectors, the meeting was held to review the investment climate, including infrastructure, land, approval processes and the reforms in various laws that impact the manufacturing sector.
Fadnavis spoke of making the approval processes for industries more efficient and transparent and bringing them on a common e-platform. To ensure the success of 'Make in Maharashtra', Fadnavis has decided to set up an empowered group of secretaries of finance, labour, industries, revenue and urban departments.
The group of secretaries aims to provide hand holding services to all investors investing more than Rs 100 crore, review the river regulation zone policy and remove unnecessary restrictions.
The CM will head a committee that will meet once every month. MIDC would be made a special planning authority for declared industrial zones in the state, the official said.
Expansion of industry outside MIDC area would be fast-tracked. A committee will be set up immediately to give all approvals required for the industries within a month.
The required approvals will be made available to the investors at a single point without them having to follow up with different departments in a simple, transparent and efficient manner through an e-platform.
The committee will emphasise on achieving the goal of reduction/modification/elimination of processes and number of approvals and ultimate digitisation of remaining approvals.
A panel chaired by the CM will facilitate inter-departmental coordination for time-bound approval and implementation of agro and food processing policy, state procurement policy, state manufacturing policy, state policy for sezs and export oriented units.
Besides, the panel will also work on new IT and ITES policy, state electronics policy, state retail trade policy and discontinuation of the existing location policy for Mumbai Metropolitan Region.