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New Industrial Policy 2015 of Guj announced, with special attention to young and women entrepreneurs

In the run-up to Vibrant Gujarat Summit-2015, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today announced the new Industrial Policy-2015, opening up the path to the state becoming a global manufacturing hub.

The new policy prepared under the direct guidance of Mrs. Patel is in tandem with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Make in India’, with a view to enabling Gujarat become the leading state in environmental-friendly industries, encouraging other states to emulate the Gujarat initiative.

According to Finance and Energy Minister Saurabh Patel, Gujarat has undertaken several steps to become a global manufacturing hub, notable among them being GIFT City, 38 per cent of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor falling under the geographical area of Gujarat, Multi-Product Zones, Twin Cities and Technological Parks.

The Minister said that Gujarat has set up several benchmarks due to various incentives and tax concessions in the state’s earlier industrial policy. They include setting up of the GIDC, Special Economic Zones, Special Investment Regions like Dholera, Infrastructure, Pollution Control measures that created huge job opportunities also.

As such Gujarat tops in attracting investment because of industrial peace prevailing in the state and better infrastructure facilities having attained an average growth rate of ten percent in the GSDP from 2005 to 2013. Gujarat’s Per Capita Income has increased from Rs.87,175 in 2011-12 to Rs.96,976 in 2012-13, while the number of MSME stood at 2,61,760 as on March 31, 2014 with an average capital investment of Rs.27.84-lakh.

In phase-1, he pointed out that Gujarat led in attracting global investment. In phase-2 the state aimed at employment generation, and in phase-3, the emphasis is on innovative productions, such as garments, apparels, agro and food processing and assembly to generate more jobs. The emphasis is now on last mile infrastructure connectivity, including water and electricity.

This new Industrial Policy-2015 also included a plan to avail skilled human force for some specialized sectors. Therefore, a Centre of Excellence would also be set-up and an appropriate syllabus would be prepared which would provide a necessary training using the latest technology to unemployed youths. Keeping in view the growth of gems and jewellery industry in the state, in association with Indian Diamond Institute, the training centers would be set-up at Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Bhavnagar cities.

Gujarat is the leading state in chemical and petro-chemical sectors. Besides this, the others sectors like Textile, Engineering, Drugs, Cement, Gems & Jewellery, and Auto & Auto-Components have also made remarkable progress in the state. In these existing resources, the new policy would try to make value addition. This would reduce the imports and increase the productions at the local level and would also generate employments too!

A ‘Start-Up Plan’ consisting “Idea to Investment” has also been chalked out to help the young entrepreneurs to set up new industries with the assistance from the universities, colleges, R & D centers and Incubation Centers. Not just this, the Technology Transfer has also been given significance so that new and innovative technologies are being adopted by the entrepreneurs of the state. For this, in new industry policy a planning has also been done to give impetus for sponsored research for new innovations at the R & D Institutes and Colleges by the concerned industries.

Under this Industrial Policy ‘Special Assistance’ would be given to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). Besides this, women, SC/ST, and age below 35-years young entrepreneurs would also be given encouragement in the new policy.

Environmental Protection is the base of the new industrial policy. Even in Prime Minister’s “Make In India” mission, the protection of environment is at the Central Place, thus, the state government has declared the special incentives for protecting the environment. These include, incentives such as C.E.T.P., D.S.D.S. and others set-up by the industry for the protection of the environment. Beside these, a plan has been considered for the industries that producing a high level of pollution to shift them to newer places marked as ‘Green Estate’.

Under the new industrial policy, the state government has planned to make it friendly for the small, medium and large industrial projects as well. This policy would be encouraging for the projects like Metro Rail, Logistic Park, Express Way, High-Speed Train and others. Gujarat is housing more than 10 % factories of the total factories of the country. Thus, Gujarat with its top position in ‘Innovative Produces’ is prepared to take the frontal position in envisaging the Prime Minister’s dream of ‘Make In India’.

Industrial Policy Highlights:

More than 60% of the population of Gujarat includes 15-59 age group. It means that the youth men-power in the state is easily available for the industries. This age group is full of new approaches and adventurous. The youth not only get employment, but also can get a Start-up by being skilled: The State Government has specifically focused upon recent Industrial Policy-2015.

Vision:

To make Gujarat to be an innovative industrial destination along with global competition; which will fulfill the steady development and all-round progress.

Mission:

  • To provide employment opportunities to the skilled and un-skilled training group.
  • To make Gujarat Global Hub in Manufacturing Sector.
  • To create an atmosphere wherein any business can be started up without any hassle.
  • To provide Pro-active Support to Micro-Small and Medium level industries.
  • To enlighten entrepreneurship of the youth for encouraging them in new researches and skill building in special sectors as well.

Developmental strategy:

  • Formation of planning through encouragement of sector specific readiness and new research activities.
  • To develop infrastructural facilities.
  • Simplification and Execution in labour laws.
  • Special focus on under-developed areas in industrial manner.
  • Skill building to empower the special industrial sectors.
  • Encouragement to youth entrepreneur for Start-up.
  • Encouragement to the Universities for the Innovative Product Development.
  • Connection between industries and universities to build skilled men-power.
  • Assistance for research & development and technology upgradation.
  • Encouragement to Trade Facilitation and E-Governance.
  • Encouragement to the labour centered industries.
  • Assistance to the entrepreneur in service sectors.
  • Encouragement to the women as well.

To fulfill the vision of “Make in India”

  • To create pro-business environment.
  • Encouragement to the Manufacturing Sector.
  • Environment protection through Zero Affluent Discharge Plant.
  • Last mile connectivity through creating infrastructural facilities.
  • More inclination to value addition in encouragement and products to development for special sectors.
  • Special encouragement for the usage of Green-Clean Energy.
  • Innovation Start-up and Technology Transfer to be promoted.
 
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