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Task force to liaise with industry

Jamshedpur, Jan. 11: Chief minister Hemant Soren today announced the setting up of a task force headed by the chief secretary to act as a bridge between the state and industry.

“This is a platform which will act as an interface between government and industry and find out ways for growth of big and small industries,” the chief minister said during his inaugural address at the 8th Enterprise Jharkhand 2014, a CII-organised consumer and trade fair, at Gopal Maidan in Bistupur.

The Government of Jharkhand-CII Task Force was the result of a meeting chief secretary R.S. Sharma had with an industry delegation in November last year.

Thereafter, it was constituted in December and a notification was issued in the first week of January 2013. But the chief minister chose today’s inauguration of the trade fair in Jamshedpur to announce it publicly.

In his address, Hemant said besides ensuring industrial development of the state, the task force would try and sort out contentious issues between the two sides.

The task force, which will have as members principal secretaries from departments of land revenue and reform, mines and geology, energy, labour, forest and environment, water resources and industry, will also have representation from industry.

Notably, this task force is distinct from the state monitoring outfit announced by Anil Swarup, the chairman of the project monitoring group (PMG) under the Prime Minister’s Office, during an industry meet hosted by the CII in Ranchi on January 6.

The monitoring group, which would look at the status of big ticket investments, will also be headed by the chief secretary.

The CII-government task force, which would meet once in two months, has a wide-ranging agenda. It will provide strategic inputs on policy issues for attracting investments to Jharkhand, suggest job opportunities, identify 10 mega projects and create a joint monitoring cell, select sick companies and help revive them, facilitate setting up of skill development centres and identify and facilitate PPP projects.

“The state is prepared to extend all support to industry. I did not get much time to run the state but I would like to assure industrialists that if given another opportunity then the government would approach each industry to know about their problems and solve it. However, we would like industries operating from the state to give priority to development of Jharkhand,” Hemant said.

In her address, state industry secretary Vandana Dadel admitted that paucity of land at the three industrial hubs — Aiada (Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority), Riada (Ranchi Industrial Area Development Authority) and Biada (Bokaro Industrial Area Development Authority) — was a major hurdle.

“We are exploring the possibility of using about 1,600 acres of land for industrial expansion at Musaboni in Ghatshila subdivision around 50km from Jamshedpur. This area has been freed up by the Union home ministry and the industry department is looking at options to use it for setting up industries under Aiada,” she revealed.

Later, the chief minister released a CII booklet titled, “Investment climate in Jharkhand”.

Among the others who addressed the gathering were chief secretary Sharma; Tata Steel MD and CII (Jharkhand) vice-chairman T.V. Narendran; CII (Jharkhand) chairman S. K Behera and CII (eastern region) chairman Sudhir Deoras.

The theme of this year’s trade fair is “Accelerating Economic Growth”. The fair has around 150 stalls put up by several companies and aims at providing opportunities for entrepreneurs.