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Over 17,000 sick units identified in 12 districts

By Our Staff Reporter

SRIKAKULAM, JULY 12 . An exercise is on to survey the sick industrial units in the State, which takes the third national census of small-scale industries conducted earlier as the basis. The census has identified 1,480 units as sick in Srikakulam district and over 17,000 in 12 other districts.

The other ditricts are Vizianagaram (954 units), Visakhapatnam (3631), Guntur (2576), Prakasam (1165), Chittor (1175), Kurnool (1906), Anantapur (1471), Mahaboobnagar (640), Nizamabad (1063), Adilabad (537) and Karimnagar (688). In these 12 districts, the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Technological Consultancy Organisation (APITCO) is holding the survey from today. The Andhra Pradesh Productivity Council and NISSET are holding the survey in the other districts. The Government is expected to work out a package for the sick units.

APITCO has sent notices to owners of all the 1,480 units for its two-day survey today and tomorrow in the district. But this morning, only about 25 turned up. This is attributed to the addresses not being traceable by APITCO's Project Co-ordinator, KN Sastry. However, the figure for Srikakulam district is not as high as projected, says the District Industries Centre General Manager in charge, Ch Satyanarayana. According to him, the number of closed units will be between 500 and 600. Several of the units with no boards or changed locations have been included in the sick list, he told presspersons.

Apart from tiny units, which include small units like carpentry during the last five-six years, several large and medium and small-scale industries also closed down. Of the 26 large and medium units with investments over Rs 1 crore, five closed down. Among them are cement, steel and drug units and the Amadalavalsa Cooperative Sugar Factory. The total investment in these units, employing about 500 labourers, was estimated around Rs 14 crores. The sugar factory, however, has been sold to a private enterprise.

Mr Satyanarayana said 12 of the 56 small-scale units in the district also closed down. They involve about Rs 5 crores of investment and 200 employees.

Mr Satyanaryana said some of the units which had availed of subsidies had to run the industries for a mandatory period of five years. These include subsidies sanctioned by the Government between 1995 and 2000, under Target 2000. The Government had given 20 per cent investment subsidy, 135 per cent sales tax exemption and 25 per cent power subsidy. Notices have been issued to the five units, which failed to run for five years. Under Target 2000, 124 units got a subsidy of Rs 10.8 crores.

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