SP govt to focus on IT,small-scale industries

Uttar Pradesh will soon announce an industrial policy wherein the emphasis will be on information technology and small-scale industries,Minister of State for Small Scale Industries and Export Promotion Bhagwat Saran Gangwar said on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: April 4, 2012 4:01:13 am

Uttar Pradesh will soon announce an industrial policy wherein the emphasis will be on information technology and small-scale industries,Minister of State for Small Scale Industries and Export Promotion Bhagwat Saran Gangwar said on Tuesday.

The state had last announced an industrial policy in 2004,and while there is a provision that it should undergo a mandatory revision every four year,this was not done.

“The policy was declared in 2004 during Mulayam Singh Yadav’s regime. After that,industrial priorities were never spelt out. We will soon come out with a revised industrial policy,” said Gangwar.

The minister said the revision was under way and he will soon send his recommendations to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. “He has agreed to my suggestions in principle and has sought a written proposal.”

Gangwar said that like other states,UP too will offer capital subsidy,stamp duty subsidy and ensure land availability to encourage industries. “In Uttrakhand,75 per cent stamp duty is exempted and 25 per cent is payable over a long term. Officials are also studying the models of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh’’,he said.

“We will establish small industrial parks in villages and provide free land to entrepreneurs for setting up small industries. It will prevent migration from villages to cities,” the minister said.

There is also a proposal to set up an export mart in every city. The major thrust would be on promoting traditional craft like chikankari of Lucknow,brasswork in Moradabad,carpet industry in Bhadohi,and sarees of Varanasi.

To ensure quality,even produce of small-scale industries meant for export will carry a government quality seal. “It will ensure that only quality products reach the market,’’ the Minister said.

UP is likely to receive Rs 300 crore from the union government for developing export infrastructure under the Twelfth Five Year Plan. Regions such as Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand will be given priority with special schemes so that these regions can catch up with the pace of development of the rest of the state.

In the Eleventh Five Year Plan,UP had received Rs 121.31 crore from the Union Government but could utilise only Rs 82.81 crore.

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