Coming, 10 industry specific clusters in Punjab

DW CORRESPONDENT

Chandigarh

The Punjab Investment Advisory Council has proposed establishment of ten industrial clusters at various places in the state where land banks are already available to quick start investment in specific industries.

The Advisory Council, which met under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in New Delhi on Saturday, also agreed to Deputy CMÔÇÖs proposal to take over development of roads and parks in Ludhiana as part of a ÔÇÿGreen LudhianaÔÇÖ initiative, which will be completely managed by the industry.

Advisory CouncilÔÇÖs sub-committee on industryÔÇÖs chairman SK Munjal, while presenting CouncilÔÇÖs report commissioned from the Boston Consulting Group, said Punjab should focus on inviting interest in specific industries for which clusters could be established wherever land banks are available. The report highlighted that land banks are available in Batala, Pathankot, Amritsar, Mattewara (Ludhiana), Sirhind and Mohali.

Munjal stressed that besides identifying industries and clusters, the state must develop the eco-system at all these places which the Deputy CM assured was already being done.

Sukhbir, who also holds the Investment Promotion portfolio, informed the Council that the state government was keen to establish clusters for the IT industry, agro processing industry, textiles, hand tools, healthcare and education.

The Advisory Council also agreed to a proposal by the Deputy CM to take over development of all major roads and parks in Ludhiana.

Council member Rakesh Bharti Mittal said Punjab Industrial Adviser Kamal Oswal would be the convener on behalf of the Council for this initiative.

Deputy CM requested the Council to form a committee for this purpose and come out with a mandate for greening Ludhiana by December 1.

While speaking about the new Industry Policy of the Punjab government as well as steps being taken by it to simplify investment, Munjal remarked that PunjabÔÇÖs Industrial Policy was the most expansive policy initiated by any state in the country for the promotion of industry. He lauded the governmentÔÇÖs decision to appoint a CEO for the Bureau of Investment Promotion, who would be empowered to take all decisions on mandatory clearances on behalf of various departments.

Among other suggestions, which came up at the Advisory Council meeting were the need to take perishable food items out of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Act (APMC).

Rakesh Mittal said this was essential to encourage investment of the private sector in retailing of fruits and vegetables.

There was also a suggestion to initiate vocational training at all government schools in the state from Class 8.

Deputy CM assured the Advisory Council that both issues would be looked into and implemented.

Besides Industries and Commerce Minister Madan Mohan Mittal, Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh, Secretary Industries Karan Avtar Singh and Investment Promotion Secretary Kalpana Mittal Baruah, Onkar Singh Kanwar of Apollo Tyres, Mohit Gujral (representing DLF), Atul Punj (Punj Llyod) and Rajinder Gupta (Trident Group) also attended the meeting.

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