Rs 750cr forging unit soon
'In three years, Scam Jharkhand has turned Skill Jharkhand'
Dugni (Seraikela): Raghubar Das noted on Friday that within three years of him taking over as chief minister, the state was being hailed as "Momentum Jharkhand, Skill Jharkhand", his observations coming at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a Rs 750-crore forging unit at the small industries hub in Seraikela-Kharsawan near Jamshedpur.
" Teen saal pehle Jharkhand ko scam Jharkhand jana jata tha, aur ab rajya ko Skill Jharkhand, Momentum Jharkhand keh ke jana jaata hain (Three years ago the state was known as scam Jharkhand, but now it is known as Skill Jharkhand and Momentum Jharkhand)," Das said, referring to the Global Investors Summit that saw the signing of 210 MoUs and investment proposals worth Rs 3.1 lakh crore in Ranchi in February last year.
The forging unit, the seventh by Ramkrishna Forgings, promises to generate employment for 2,000 people.
The chief minister heaped praise on its chairman M.P. Jalan, calling him the pride of Jharkhand.
"Ramkrishna Forgings is considered to be among the best forging units in Asia. The government, with a series of good policies, has attracted investors. We welcome industrialists to set up base in the state to help generate employment, eradicate poverty and regulate migration. Udyogpati rajya ke aan, ban, shaan hain (industrialists are the pride, prestige and honour of the state)," Das said.
He also asked the chairman to start a 3-D printing plant in Jharkhand. "We want Ramkrishna Forgings to invest in a 3-D printing plant in Jharkhand. I will invite the chairman to come to Ranchi on Monday to discuss the issue. We want value-added plants in different sectors in the state," said Das
Reiterating the government's objective to provide self-employment opportunities for villagers, the chief minister said that each district would have honey processing plants with the government distributing apiary boxes among villagers free.
"The honey produced by villagers would be marketed by Patanjali Ayurved Limited. We have set a goal that by 2022 nobody will be unemployed in the state and by the end of 2018, each village will be linked by road to its block headquarters. We also plan to distribute 18 lakh LPG stoves free to poor women," the chief minister said.
On the Abhijeet Group steel plan that had shut down in Seraikela, he said talks were on at the Centre to look for an investor to revive the unit.
Das also inaugurated CCTV surveillance cameras installed along Tata-Kandra road by the Seraikela-Kharswan police with support from the corporate sector before leaving for Ranchi after visiting the Ramkrishna Forging unit at Kolebira.
State industry secretary and acting principal secretary in the chief minister's office Sunil Kumar Burnwal, who was a guest at the function, said that over 2,000 people would be employed in the unit.
"We are aiming for the top spot among states in ease of doing business," he said, adding that Ramkrishna Forgings land requirement of 24 acres was sanctioned in 24 days.
Chairman Jalan said they were aiming to start production in the seventh unit within a year.
He said their group had a turnover of Rs 1,800 crore and urged the chief minister to arrange for opening a railway purchase office in Ranchi for the benefit of industry as the new unit would produce spare parts for high-speed railway coaches.
Among others who were present at Friday's function were Tata Motors plant head Sampat Kumar, Jusco MD Ashish Mathur and state industry director K. Ravikumar.