The Punjab government has dissolved a state-level advisory board constituted for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and introduced new members as per recommendations of Industry Minister Anil Joshi.
The earlier board was constituted on May 10,2012 for a tenure of three years,however,the board met only once in the past year and was dissolved just days before its second meeting on March 15.
Sources revealed that the process for formation of the previous board had started before the 2012 Vidhan Sabha elections under BJP MLA and then Industry minister Tikshan Sud. The board was notified in 2013,but by this time Joshi was the new Industry minister,who then proceeded to reconstitute the board with his new team of 17 members.
Badish Jindal,president of the Federation of association of small scale industries,who was a member in the previous board,said: It seems political interests were vested in dissolving this board and to accommodate the nears and dears in the newly constituted board.
Jindal also wrote to Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil: Presidents of various industry associations were part of this board. It is a sheer insult to industrial associations to remove them from the board without citing any reason.
The new board should not be considered for approval before the actual expiry date of the existing board, he added.
The new members stated that the previous board had majority members from Ludhiana,but now the board was more varied with members from Jalandhar,Amritsar,Patiala and Goraya.