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Friday, July 17, 2009

CM unveils State Industrial Policy

Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, July 15 – The Assam Industrial Policy 2008, which was released today by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the Maniram Dewan Trade Centre has accorded top priority to doing away with the hurdles faced by investors in getting land allotment for setting up of industries by releasing the 'Land Bank' document. The document would carry all relevant data about the availability of plots across the State. Besides, various government agencies including the AIDC have been asked to facilitate getting allotment of land for the industrial units. The State at present has over 1,000 acres of developed industrial land.

Besides, the policy also aims at overcoming the hiccups associated with seeking electricity supply and issuance of no-objection certificate by the State Pollution Control Board.

"We would do well by not waiting for large scale investments from industrial groups like Tata or Birla, because at this moment I do not see them investing in Assam. We, through this policy, are seeking to ensure inclusive growth of the State, which can only be done if we target improvement of our rural population," Gogoi said on the occasion.

Gogoi was of the opinion that though the State, in spite of providing incentives to big industries have not been able to win over their faith merely because the big groups think about the market than the incentives before going ahead with any investments.

"By paving the way for the micro and medium-size enterprises, we can certainly ensure inclusive growth by generating both income and employment for the rural people. Besides, once the purchasing power of the common man increased, big groups would automatically follow," Gogoi asserted.

Gogoi also informed that the Government is mulling the idea of floating an investment council in the State soon. Gogoi also launched the official website, ( today. He also distributed infrastructure inputs including vehicles to various field officers.

Earlier, Industry Minister Pradyut Bordoloi commented that the new State Industrial Policy together with the already existing North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy, 2007 would make Assam the most favourable destination for investment in the entire country.

He also informed that a survey carried out by an agency under the World Bank had ranked Guwahati eight amongst the top 16 investor- friendly cities.

He also informed that the Union Government had signed 36 industrial enterprise memoranda with the Delhi Government to the tune of Rs 8082 crores as regards investment in the State.

"I have also decided to form a task force to see through all the existing hurdles," Bordoloi said.

Parliamentary secretary Bidya Singh Engleng, Commissioner and Secretary, Industries and Commerce department Ravi Kapoor, FINER president RS Joshi, Dr BK Das, chairman, Assam State Council, CII, were also present on the occasion, besides others.

Report from Assam Tribune

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