GUWAHATI, Sept 16 - Som Parkash, Minister of State, Commerce and Industry, Government of India, today said that the Central government would incorporate the opinions and suggestions of the stakeholders before formulating a new industrial policy for the Northeast.
The Minister said this at a stakeholders� meeting of various industry associations at the Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara.
In the meeting, industry bodies like ICC, CII, FINER, FICCI, Laghu Udyog, etc., raised the issues like online registration, GST, subsidy, incentives, bank loans, import-export, and custom duty on the North East Industrial Scheme (NEIDS)-2017.
Parkash assured the associations and business enterprises that their valuable suggestions would be considered in consultation with the Finance Ministry to the satisfaction of the industrialists while formulating the new policy. He added that a team from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry would visit the State soon to have a first-hand account of the constraints faced by the industrialists under the scheme.
Assam Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary thanked Parkash for giving a patient hearing during the session. Highlighting the contribution of tea in the economy of the country, he asked Parkash to give the tea sector its proper place in the scheme.
Lauding the Prime Minister�s vision of the Northeast as the new engine for India�s economic growth, Patowary said that a robust and effective NEIDS was the only way to boost industry and solve unemployment in the region.
He urged the Ministry to depute adequate staff and upgrade the infrastructure at the four Land Custom Stations at Sutarkandi in Karimganj, Sahapara in Mankachar, Lakhimari in Golokganj, and Darranga in Baksa, so that fruits, vegetables and other perishable items could be exported from Assam.
He also requested the ministry to include an appropriate mechanism for expansion of the existing industrial units under NEIDS in the region.