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Thursday , November 1 , 2012
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Prod to put industry causes on fast track

Patna, Oct. 31: The industries department has asked its directorates to take up the causes of prospective inves-tors and entrepreneurs on a priority basis and ensure that no file gathered dust.

Officers of the four directorates — industries, technical development, handloom and sericulture and food processing — functioning under the industries department have been asked not to keep any investor waiting and extend all possible help to them. Sources in the industries department said the directorates have also been asked to work together and get work done at the earliest.

“A businessman willing to set up a food processing unit needs to know a lot of things in terms of technical details. Besides, the investor has to get approval for the project. The file containing project details moves from one directorate to another and passes through several tables before it gets the approval. The process is time consuming,” an officer in the department said.

“The directors of these directorates have been asked to stop the delay. For example, if a project comes up and needs the involvement of two directorates, the directors concerned will sit under one roof and get the work done immediately instead of allowing files to move from one table to another. A lot of time can be saved in this way. Decisions should be fast and on the spot,” the officer told The Telegraph today.

“A major obstacle that the potential investors face in the state is the delay in movement of files. This often frustrates the investors and some even back off. There have been complaints about investors and industrialists waiting for mon-this to get some minor problems resolved. This has to change,” another officer in the department said.

The new directive of the industries department comes amid the state’s plan to prepare an improved sugarcane incentive policy to give a fresh lease of life to sugar and ethanol sectors and beer major Carlsberg’s decision to start producing from its first unit at Bikram, 65km southwest of Patna, from next year.

On the other hand, Udyog Mitra —a wing of the industries department that acts as a facilitator between investors and the department — will participate in the trade fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi between November 14 and 27.

“It is after three years that the department is taking part in the event. Earlier, the participation was weak and it was only about distributing brochures. This time we will take part in the even aggressively. The theme will be ‘Why should you choose Bihar?’ and the department will be at the event with all its technical expertise. We will be ready with on-the-spot help for interested investors and their proposals will be immediately approved,” Anil Kumar Thakur, the CEO of Udyog Mitra said.