Single Window Clearance For Agro-Based Industries, Special Incentives For ST-SC And Disabled Entrepreneurs: Jharkhand CM

Jamshedpur 10th July 2021: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has directed for single-window approval for agro-based industries to encourage investors in this sector.

“There is ample scope for investment in the agro-based industry sector, especially in the food processing sector, and there is a need to provide incentives to attract investments. The state needs single-window clearance for agro-based industries also to attract more investors in this sector,” said Hemant Soren while reviewing the performance of the Industries Department in Ranchi on Friday.

The Chief Minister also emphasized the professional operation of Jharcraft as it is the identity of Jharkhand in the handicraft sector.

“Jharcraft has a good quality of products available, and there is substantial demand for their products as well. However, the products are not getting as much market as their demands, and this requires professional management of Jharcraft to increase market engagement of the products. There is a need to develop a market strategy of Jharcraft products in coordination with industry experts to increase the market share of Jharcraft products,” Soren said.

He also emphasized that the working conditions of Jharcraft artisans also need to be improved and proper mapping of all such artisans needs to be done.

He also informed that there is ample potential for lac and Tasar industry in the state, but not much work has been done for the development of these two sectors in the state.

“The department needs to set up a research and design team to examine what opportunities and markets are available for lac and Tasar products and how more such centers can be set up in the state,” Soren said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Hemant Soren during the review meeting of the Industries Department in Ranchi on Friday, stressed the formation of an Investment Promotion Board, in which an action plan was prepared for the formation and investment in One District One Product (ODOP), investment in industrial parks and forming of an MIS for a survey of beneficiaries of Prime Minister Employment Generation Program.

 The Jharkhand Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (JIPP) 2021 which got approval from the state cabinet on Tuesday, will focus on 15 sector-specific priority sectors.

Seven of these 15 are in high priority or focus areas, such as textiles and apparel, automobiles, auto components, and electric vehicles, agri-food processing, meat processing industries, pharmaceuticals, electronics systems design and manufacturing (ESDM).

The remaining eight are in priority sectors, such as startup and incubation centers, education and technical institutions, healthcare, tourism, IT and ITeS, breweries and distilleries, renewable energy, and high and medium engineering.

The new promotion JIPP will be effective for five years. Through this policy, the government aims to bring an investment of Rs. 1 lakh crore in the state and employ 5 lakh people. 

Chief Minister Hemant Soren, while reviewing the activities of the Industries Department in Ranchi on Friday, said that the state government will provide an additional subsidy of up to Rs 50 crore and an additional subsidy of 5% for SC-ST, women, and the disabled.

The Chief Minister said that the government is keen to provide incentives to ST and SC entrepreneurs to help them set up units in the state.

Industries Secretary Pooja Singhal said that in the allotment of land, including grants in the industrial parks being set up in the state, priority is being given to the entrepreneurs of scheduled tribes and scheduled castes.

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