|Bidar and Gulbarga industries associations have urged the Karnataka government to encourage industrialisation in the most backward regions of their districts. They have requested for subsidised land and tax holiday for entrepreneurs setting up industries.|
|Speaking at an interaction meeting with state SSI minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, organised by the Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (Kassia) here on Tuesday, office bearers of Bidar and Gulbarga industries associations said the area once boasted of 1,800 companies has now shrunk to 50 companies.|
|"This is due to apathy and breach of promises and assurances given by the state government," they said.|
|Officials of these associations said that since the infrastructure is good and industrial parks in the region are sparsely populated, the government should now look at attracting investments from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.|
|They added that the Andhra Pradesh government has declared areas around Hyderabad as industry free zone (radius of 100 kms) and this must be capitalised by the Karnataka government in attracting investments to give employment to local people.|
|Besides Bidar and Gulbarga associations, the Bellary and Hebbal Industrialists Association of Mysore said that availability of land has become an issue for new entrepreneurs and urged the minister to empower deputy commissioners of districts to allocate land.|
|Earlier, highlighting the problems faced by small scale industries, Hareesh P Hegde, president, Kassia, said the Peenya and Banssia industrial association have come forward to set up private industrial estates under their initiative. The government has taken a positive view on this development.|
|"For this to succeed, KIADB has to acquire land and KSSIDC should act as the nodal agency for managing the estates," he added.|
|At the interaction meet, the following issues came up for discussion "" stamp duty exemption, one time settlement from KSFC, norms for disbursement of subsidy, fixing of price for KIADB land, rehabilitation and revival of sick units, one time settlement of KSSIDC sheds, auction of sites by KSSIDC, and valuation of old industrial sheds.|
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