In the 59th Meeting of the State Level Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority (SLSWC&MA) Chief Minister said that Industrial Units which had come into production before the withdrawal of concessions permissible under the Special Industrial Package carrying expansion were also eligible to avail all benefits and concessions as applicable to its existing unit. In the meeting, provisional approval had been granted to one new industrial proposal and 13 expansion/revision proposals of the existing units with combined proposed investment of Rs. 211.31 crore and generating employment potential to 994 youth in the State.
Chief Minister said that during NDA regime at the Centre, the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee announced Special Industrial Package in 2003 to North Western States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Jammu and Kashmir on the analogy of North Eastern States with a view to give boost to the industrial expansion activities and to create job to the unemployed educated youth of respective States in industrial sector. He said that with the change in power at the Centre, the Package, which was valid for ten years i.e. upto March, 2013, was withdrawn pre-matured in March, 2010 which was a glaring example of bias by UPA Government at the Centre against the people of Himachal Pradesh. He said that the State Government at its own made concerted efforts to attract industrial investments even after the withdrawal of the package and many prestigious multi-national companies came forward with their investment proposals and the industrialization process continued unabated.
Prof. Dhumal said that Himachal Pradesh was emerging a choicest destination to the entrepreneurs since unparallel infrastructural facilities including uninterrupted power supply were available to them at low costs. He said that a number of prominent industrial houses were putting in their proposals for setting up of their production units in the State which were closely being examined by the appropriate authorities before granting them permission. He said that the State was selective in allowing setting up of the industrial units and was preferring only those units which were eco-friendly and based upon the raw material locally available besides generating employment avenues to the educated unemployed youth. He said that State authorities were closely monitoring the mandatory condition of providing 70 percent employment to the local youth at all level and providing minimum wages fixed by the State Government to the lowest industrial workers. He directed the authorities to maintain liaison with the entrepreneurs and solve their genuine problems on priority.
Industries Minister Kishan Kapoor said that land and water had emerged scarce commodities in the industrial areas and the same were being allowed as per the actual requirement. He said that he had been visiting the industrial areas and interacting with the entrepreneurs to know about their problems and find solution for the same on priority.
J.S.Rana, Commissioner Industries, welcomed the Chief Minister and conducted proceedings of the Meeting. Rajwant Sandhu, Chief Secretary, Harinder Hira and S.Roy, Additional Chief Secretaries, Dr. Deepak Sanan, Principal Secretary Revenue, Ajay Tyagi, Principal Secretary Industries, Dr. Srikant Baldi, Principal Secretary Finance, D.C.Negi, Member Operation, HPSEBL, Sanjay Sood, Member, State Pollution Control Board, Rajender Chauhan, Industrial Advisor and other senior officers attended the meeting.