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82 clusters identified for industrial development

Staff Reporter

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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik addressing a conclave on Orissa Unfolding Investment Opportunities organised by Assocham in Bhubaneswar on Friday. —

BHUBANESWAR: The State government that boasts of attracting several big ticket projects in the State has identified as many as 82 industrial clusters dedicated to Micro Small Medium Enterprises sector.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of conclave of prospective investors organised by industry body The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) here on Friday, State Industries Secretary T. Ramachandru said while six to eight clusters were in active implementation, several were in conceptual stage.

“We are hopeful that a cluster on plastic manufacturing will soon come up in Balasore for which a Special Purpose Vehicle has been formed. Similarly, an apparel cluster is taking a final shape on 20 acres of land near Khurda,” Mr. Ramachandru said.

The industries secretary said all these clusters needed from 15 acres to 20 acres of land to put up their units. He requested companies setting up bigger projects in steel, alumina and power sector to lend a helping hand for development of MSME sector in the State.

Industrial clusters were identified in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, cashew processing units, rice mills, plastic manufacturing and apparel.

More employment

Earlier addressing the industry leaders at the conclave, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “a healthy and vibrant MSME sector creates more employment opportunities and leads to the development of local entrepreneurship as well as the removal of regional imbalance by promoting industrial activities.”

The Industrial Policy Resolution, 2007 of Orissa recognises ancillary and downstream industries as a thrust sector and provides many incentives to such industries, he said.

“The government and industry have to come together to plan and create such infrastructure at locations such as Jharsuguda, Angul, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Kalinganagar, Paradip, Balasore, Rayagada and other viable locations,” Mr. Patnaik said.

Chief Minister said facilitating the establishment of ancillary and downstream units of existing and upcoming large and medium industries was one of the priority areas.

Industry body Assocham has proposed 16 additional clusters in sectors such as brass, honey bee and apparel sector. During the conclave many investors had an interface with the State's bureaucracy. Assocham sources said a formal proposal for setting up units will be placed before the State government shortly and after examination, companies might sign Memorandum of Understanding. It is expected that at least 50 proposals would be put forward to the State government during the conclave.

Among others Chairman of Assocham's Regional Development Council Lalit Khaitan, Chairman of Assocham's council on computers and electronics Anirudh Dhoot and industry body's secretary general D. S Rawat spoke on the occasion.

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