The government's new industrial policy will encourage industries to come up with more projects and units, said food and civil supplies minister Dinesh Gundurao. Speaking after inaugurating the newly-launched Dharwad District Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCC&I) here today, Rao who is also the minister in-charge of Dharwad district said the new policy apart from addressing the burning issues like creating infrastructure, civic amenities and power supply has also given industrialists some relaxation in VAT and industrial tax besides other incentives.
"The objective of the new industrial policy is to encourage entrepreneurs become job providers rather than job seekers. Recalling some of the projects proposed by the previous UPA government, the minister said, the UPA government had emphasised on mak- ing industrial corridor from Bangalore to Mumbai, and now it is up to the NDA government to realise this dream.
Rao said, the government is concentrating on enhancing economic activities and utilise the human capital. Before the commencement of the Legislature Session at Belagavi, a meeting of elected representatives, district administration and industrialists would be held at Dharwad to discuss their problems and find solutions to them during the sessions.
He also promised to allot site for the DCC&I to open its branch. Speaking on the occasion, MP Prahlad Joshi stated that he would hold talks with Union industry ministry and organise a tri-party meeting before the general budget, next year to facilitate industrial development in Dharwad district.
FKCCI president S Sampathraman stated, Dharwad district had the potential for agro-based commodities, agro- based industries, engineering and food processing units industries.
There is need for additional export units to ensure these industries get a fillip.
As per government's reports, over 4,000-acre barren land is available in the Dharwad district and this can be used to create industrial estate belts, he added. He said, the DCC&I has ample opportunities to extend its multiple activities to the needy members from the different categories.