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Incentives for state small units in the offing

Rajiva Sinha in Calcutta on Friday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, June 6: The department of small and medium units in Bengal is looking at various initiatives to facilitate doing business in the state.

According to Rajiva Sinha, principal secretary of the department of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and textiles, the department is planning to hire a consultant to advise the government on making legal provisions for such units more contemporary.

It is also looking to set up a single-window clearance system and create regional facilitation centres to aid mutation and conversion of land, which is required if farm land is used for industrial purpose.

“We are looking to appoint a consultant soon who will study various acts and rules applicable to MSME units in Bengal,” Sinha said on the sidelines of an interactive session at the MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry today.

The consultant would approach various chambers of commerce for their opinion and advice the state government within 90 days of its appointment.

“We are planning for a single-window facilitation centre that would provide all necessary clearances to MSME units at a single place. We are also looking to set up unique clearance centres in different blocks throughout the state to facilitate mutation and conversion of land,” said Sinha.

Two such unique clearance centres have been set up at Howrah and Jalpaiguri; plans are in the offing for four more in Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia and Hooghly.

The government has also set an “ambitious” target to offer mutation and conversion within a month.

Sinha further said the state government would take a look at the land allotment policy, which facilitates the transfer of land between the land reforms and the state MSME departments.

On the revival of sick units, Sinha said the chambers of commerce should identify these units and inform the state government which can then work out a solution. He also urged the small units to register themselves with the state government to get various incentives on offer.