Ahead of its second anniversary,the Trinamool Congress government announced three important policy decisions Saturday,including the much-awaited industrial investment and incentive policy. A new textile policy and the policies for the micro,small and medium enterprises were also announced.
The industry circles in the state had been urging the state government to come up with the new policy. The earlier industrial policy of the state government had come into force in 2008 when the Left Front was in power and ceased to be valid this year.
An industry representative in the core committee on industry set up by the state government welcomed the announcement but said they would take some time to study the policies and give their reactions.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,while addressing the media Saturday,said the draft of the three policies will be uploaded on the website of the government,and experts and public can send their suggestions. The suggestions would be considered by the government and would be accepted till June 30,she added.
Keeping in mind the ensuing panchayat polls in the state,the Chief Minister also announced hike in monthly payments for contractual and casual workers under the state government.
We have thought about the contractual and casual workers in the state. The Group D casual workers who have been working for less than 10 years would get a lumpsum of Rs 7,000 (they were earlier paid Rs 5,000). The workers who have been working for more than 10 years would get Rs 8,500 (they were earlier getting Rs 6,200). Mamata also announced a raise of almost Rs 2,000 for Group C workers.
In the new industrial policy,the government has emphasised industrial parks and hubs. Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee said the government has concentrated on industrial parks and industrial hubs to be developed on PPP model. Focus is on industrial parks and industrial hub to be developed on PPP model. Land allocation and incentive offers have also been incorporated in the document.