Kher says industrial policy next week, with green focus
At a session that marked the first year in office of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, local MP Kirron Kher announced on Tuesday that the Chandigarh industrial policy “is expected to be out next week”.
Raising expectations of industrialists who have been demanding permissions for more types of industry, she said, “The policy, which is in the last stage of finalisation, would put huge impetus on green and nonpolluting industries, including IT (information technology) and ITeS (IT-enabled service), BPOs and KPOs (business and knowledge process outsourcing), skilling, light engineering, electronics, design, tourism and clean energy.”
“Hence these sectors have huge potential in the city in the coming years, as we have planned to make Chandigarh fully digital very soon,” she added.
Also at the session, Union minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha said the first year of the Narendra Modi-led regime had been “an incredible year for India”. He also announced that the Reserve Bank of India can be expected to reduce the interest rates in June.
“Our major achievement has been the restoring of macro-economic fiscal stability and reviving the investor confidence in India,” Sinha claimed.
Shreekant Somany, chairman of CII northern region, shared CII initiatives too, both independent and in partnership with the governments.
Industrialists have reputably — awaiting an industrial policy that has been in the works for nearly a decade—underlined their key demand of having the Micro, Small And Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006, implemented in Chandigarh, so that the definition of industry can be changed to ‘enterprise’ to include a host of activities besides just manufacturing.
“We have high hopes from the policy as we want it to address market realities, also aspirations of all segments,” said Pankaj Khanna, a member of the MSMED committee of the Industries Association of Chandigarh.
Owing to continuous rain, educational institutions in several parts of Karnataka will remain shut on Thursday. Top officials in the 4 districts of Karnataka - namely Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan and Uttara Kannada -- have declared holiday for Anganwadi schools and colleges amid the 'red alert' issued by the weather department. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted extremely heavy rain, ranging above 204.5 mm for these 4 cities.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.