In order to boost investment in infrastructure and industry in the state,Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to personally monitor the interface between government departments and investors by holding meeting of Udyog Bandhu once in every three months.
Udyog Bandhu is a registered society of the state government,whose task is to promote and facilitate investment and also take up grievance redressal of the investors.
The system of direct monitoring of the society by the chief minister through quarterly meetings was introduced in 2004 but was never followed.
Apart from strengthening the body through highest level monitoring,the government is also planning to revise the Industrial and Service Sector Investment Policy of 2004 and rope in industrial associations and industrialists in these quarterly meetings of Udyog Bandhu so that their grievances can be sorted out fast.
As per the Industrial and Service Sector Investment Policy 2004,formulated during previous regime of Samajwadi Party in the state,the chief minister was supposed to hold Udyog Bandhu meetings quarterly and industrialists were supposed to get special entry-passes for entry into government offices. The idea was to establish co-ordination between all the concerning departments that are involved in establishment of Industry so as to ensure quick redressal of the problems at the highest level.
Despite having provision in the policy,such meeting of Udyog Bandhi never took place. In 2004,the role of interaction with the industrialists was taken over by UP Development Council headed by Amar Singh,whereas in the past five years of Mayawati regime,there was hardly any such interaction.
The 2004 policy also required that industrialists be given special passes to enter government offices. All the industrialists will be looked at as special persons and will be provided help and respect at all levels. VIP cards will be issued to special industrialists so that they may enter any government office and will be given priority. Provision for awarding industrialists for giving special contribution… read Clause 5.6.21 of the policy.
In the past five years,there was no implementation of such provision as well. While industrial associations hardly got any chance to meet the chief minister,the interaction of former Chief Minister Mayawati with big industrial houses was also limited.
It was the pre-poll promise of the chief minister to strengthen Udyog Bandhu and facilitate better interface between the government and the industrialists. Some of the provisions and government orders in this regard already exist,we are just going to revive them. informed a senior government officer.