A mass plantation drive was inaugurated by Punjab industry minister Madan Mohan Mittal and Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) chairman Manpreet Singh Chattwal at Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) complex, Focal Point, here on Friday.
CICU president Avtar Singh presented a memorandum to Madan Mohan Mittal highlighting major industrial issues while general secretary Upkar Singh Ahuja submitted a memorandum to Manpreet Singh Chattwal related to pollution issues. After holding an interactive session with the leading industrialists, Mittal lauded the efforts of the CICU in making Ludhiana a clean and green city.
He announced that an exhibition centre will be provided by the state government to Ludhiana industry soon and introduction of single window system will be considered on priority basis. The industrialists were told that the state government is also planning to provide relief in electricity charges to small and medium industries and one time settlement scheme will be again launched for the benefit of remaining borrowers.
Mittal added that the state government has already deposited Rs 100 crore with the Union ministry of micro small and mediun enterprises to avail funds of Rs 1,100 crore under MSME schemes for the benefit of Punjab industry. In order to enhance technical knowledge and excellence in skill development, an independent director has been appointed by the state government, he said.
Shakti Sharma, chairman, Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) said a survey is being carried out for establishing another focal point over an area of 350 acres near Dhanasu for Ludhiana industry. He assured that encroachments on vacant industrial plots will be removed after the survey.
SR Ladhar, director of industries, Punjab, requested the industrialists to avail benefits under the cluster development scheme as Punjab government had hired the services of Grand Bratton Company, which costs the state `2 lakh per month, for providing benefits to Punjab Industry.
PPCB chief engineer Gulshan Rai, district industries centre's general manager Mahesh Khanna and more than 350 CICU members among other industrialists attended this session.