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Pawar criticises govt’s failure to implement crucial industrial policy

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday criticised the state government for failing to implement crucial industrial policy that has led to investors moving out of the state.

mumbai Updated: Jun 03, 2012 01:23 IST
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday criticised the state government for failing to implement crucial industrial policy that has led to investors moving out of the state.

Pawar, who spoke to the media on the sidelines of his party’s national executive meet at Yashwant Rao Chavan Prathistan on Saturday, said that for the last six months, big industrial projects from Mahindra and Mahindra, Bharat Forge had decided to shift plant sites from Maharashtra to Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, in the face of state’s failure to announce the new industrial policy.

“Around two-three years ago, during Vilasrao Deshmukh’s tenure, the government of Maharashtra announced an industrial policy. It was a cabinet decision to offer incentives to industries after making a level of investment in the state. However, since this policy is not being implemented, the industries have chosen to move out. This is a huge loss to the state and could lead to unemployment,” said Pawar.

Pawar did not name chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in his remarks, but political observers said that this criticism is pointed at Chavan as the head of the state. Chavan has been criticised consistently for his slow decision making but has deflected this criticism by pointing out that policy decisions need serious deliberation and hence time.

The new industrial policy of the state has been pending for over a year. Thought it has been drafted, it awaits Chavan’s nod. The last industrial policy was framed in 2006.

The union agriculture minister did not spare his colleagues from the centre as well. He said that the union government seemed to be suffering from a ‘policy paralysis’, as a result of which the growth rate of 7-8 % had now reduced to 5.5 %.

When asked what decisions were important at the national level at this stage, he said that facilitating foreign direct investment (FDI) and cutting back on subsidies was essential.

Congress and NCP have been at loggerheads in the state not just over political issues but also on issues of governance. This rift has only increased in the past six months.