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PANAJI: The Goa State Industries Association (GSIA), the body representing medium and small industries, has warned that industrial development in Goa had virtually come to a standstill over the past few years.
At the GSIA at its annual function here, GSIA president Shekhar Sardesai raised the concern in the presence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat.
He was quick to add that the trend could change since Goa was a small State. “All it needs is a single-minded focus and commitment,” he said. He recommended creation of an empowered group with representatives from industries as well as non-governmental organisations to draft a vibrant and progressive industrial policy for the State, which will take into account socio-economic aspirations of all the stake-holders.
Mr. Sardesai said GSIA was able to persistently bring pressure on the government to bring transparency in the functioning of the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), the State-owned industrial promotion body.
The government had taken action in the form of suspension of the DGM of Estate Division of GIDC pending enquiry for alleged mismanagement in the allotment of industrial plots.
Moreover, the government has accepted the report from the task force constituted to study and identify the issues needed to reform GIDC.
Mr. Sardesai backed the calls for industrial reforms to be stepped up in Goa.
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