Minister Annapuran Devi addresses the forum in Ranchi on Saturday.
Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Aug. 23: The Jharkhand government today promised all necessary support to industries to set shop in the state, citing its rich mineral resources and a conducive business atmosphere.
The assurances came at a daylong discussion on “Jharkhand State Metals and Minerals Forum” organised at a Ranchi hotel by the Jharkhand branch of PHD (progress, harmony and development) Chamber of Commerce and Industries, a 109-year-old pan-India organisation working as a catalyst to promote industry, trade and entrepreneurship.
Several PSUs and entities like Mecon Limited, Central Coalfields Limited, Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC), Central Mines Planning Design Institute (CMPDI), Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jharkhand Small Scale Industries Ltd and Adhunik Group attended the discussion.
Speaking at the inaugural session as chief guest, water resource and social welfare minister Annapurna Devi said: “Contrary to popular perception, you will find the state congenial for setting up industry and the state government will extend you all help. The state has been gifted with abundant mineral resources. People are friendly and co-operative.”
The minister did admit that there were some issues in reference to extremist activities, but pointed out that these would get solved if people got jobs while urging the delegates to adopt villages under CSR (corporate social responsibility) and develop them into model ones.
In response to the minister’s appeal, A. Prasad, executive director of Adhunik Group, promised to adopt some villages under his company’s CSR programme and work for their all-round development.
Agreeing to the existence of huge mineral deposit, A.K. Debnath, CMD of CMPDI, pointed out the problems they faced. “The country needs coal for which drilling and subsequently mining have to be allowed. But drilling in many places like Rajmahal area could not be taken up due to law and order problems and lack of forest clearance,” he said.
While Debnath urged the state to make attempts to obtain forest clearances from the Union ministry of forest and environment, Alok Gupta, principal chief conservator of forests in charge of wasteland development authority, explained the legal provisions of procuring the same.
S. Torka, director (engineering) of Mecon Limited argued that only sustainable development could improve the quality of life of people.