In a bid to win over the industrialists based in SAS Nagar, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday assured implementation of industrial policy, which is in abeyance since 2008, in a week’s time, besides opening doors to set up hotels, hospitals, multimedia centres and institutes.
“I am here to provide you solutions to your problems, so shoot…Show me presentations one by one and I will give you the solution on the spot in yes or no,” said Sukhbir during interaction with the SAS Nagar industrialists at Mohali Industries Association (MIA) Bhawan here.
The state government issued a notification in January 2008, clearly mentioning that the Industrial Area Phase 8 (A and B) and other sectors having predominately IT plots would be considered under this policy, following which two plots in Phase 8-B had been earmarked for setting up hotels.
In August 2013, the notification was revised to make “industrial policy more inclusive” and the government relaxed norms for setting up businesses. The state government had even removed the condition of having compulsory professional management tie-ups or franchise for setting up a hospital or hotel with a national or international chain. The new policy allows setting up of educational institutions and multimedia centres in industrial areas.
“The problems of industry can be solved provided there is sincerity of purpose. Except the implementation of MSME Act, deputy CM had assured resolution within 10 days and now we are eagerly awaiting the promises to turn into a reality,” Nikhil Saraf, president of Mohali Industry and Commerce Association (MICRA).
“With setting up of one agency to cater to the development of industrial focal points and implementation of a uniform policy, most of the long-pending grievances of industry would be resolved. His assurances and on-spot direction to officers would definitely help us,” said Anurag Aggarwal, former president MIA.
Let PSIEC manage industrial area
Currently in SAS Nagar, three agencies are managing industrial area — Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC), Punjab Infotech and GMADA. Industrialist say there was no uniformity in policies and rules of the agencies concerned.
Industry has demanded that the entire industrial estate be brought under the purview of agency PSIEC to bring uniformity in rules.
Conceding to the demand of the industrialists, Sukhbir directed the officials to fix a meeting next week.
Garbage dump to be shifted in six months
Conceding to long-pending demand of the industrialists, Sukhbir assured shifting the garbage dump from industrial area in six months. The municipal corporation of SAS Nagar was illegally dumping over 100 tonne of waste in fresh water rivulet called Patiala in Rao near Phase 8-B, which is 2-km away from the designated site. The waste was affecting over 10,000 employees working in the close vicinity.
Rs 50 lakh for skill-development MIA centre
Sukhbir Badal granted Rs 50 lakh for the skill development centre being set up by the MIA and also agreed to the demand of including one representative of industrialists in the state industrial corporations and boards.
He announced that the government would invest Rs 300 crore to establish 2,000 skill centres across the state to impart training to one lakh youth by March 2016.
“I do not believe in half measures. I am convinced upgrading the skills of our youth is the only way to take the state forward. Once the centres are in place, they will be handed over to industrial houses and organisations who can train the youth as per the requirement so that placement is 100%,” the deputy CM said.
SAS Nagar to be developed as showcase city
“Seven years back while taking a vow in Amritsar I had prepared list of shortcomings of the state---power, roads, and other infrastructure. We have completed most of the works and are doing better than other states. Today we have an international airport and in next five years SAS Nagar would be a showcase city”, said Badal.
Industry demands implementation of MSME Act in toto
Despite two years of announcement of Fiscal Incentive Policy neither the rules have been implemented nor extension of fiscal incentives have been framed or modified. The industry have demanded MSME units be allowed to take up land as per master plan for setting up units.
SAS Nagar to be made IT hub and one-lakh jobs would be created in the next five years.
By the end of December 2015, every village in the state would have 4G connectivity and on the fruition of this project, undertaken in collaboration with Reliance, Punjab would become the only state to accomplish this feat.
A sum of Rs 20,000 crore would be spent on highways and strengthening of the road infrastructure in the state. Every district headquarters will be connected with expressways.