GUWAHATI, April 3 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi asked the Industries and Commerce Department to gear up its activities in a big way and initiate steps to uplift the economy of the State through the promotion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
He asked the Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce, to take steps to infuse life in the weak industries and thereby contribute to the economy of the State.
The Chief Minister was reviewing the progress of the department at a meeting with its senior officials at his Koinadhara official residence here yesterday, stated an official press release here today.
He also asked the department to utilize its land productively and whatever land is lying unutilised it should be used to set up small scale industries for the uplift of local entrepreneurs. He further instructed the department to develop infrastructure in the industrial estates in public-private partnership mode.
The Chief Minister assured all help from the government to achieve this. Till date, Assam has 41,410 micro, small and medium enterprises and 163 large industrial units.
He also asked the Additional Chief Secretary to coordinate with all the line departments to forge a synergy to expedite the process of setting up of small industrial units in the State and generate employment avenues.
Gogoi further asked the department to provide land to the willing entrepreneurs in the adjoining areas of Guwahati to set up downstream plastic industries to use the raw materials from the BCPL. He also asked the Additional Chief Secretary to take necessary steps to procure wax from the NRL to provide rightful vocations to the women in candle making. Moreover, the department has been asked to remove all bottlenecks to set up industrial units in Assam.
Additional Chief Secretary Ram Tirath Jindal, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister MGVK Bhanu, Commissioner, Industries and Commerce Swapnanil Baruah along with other top officials of the department were present at the meeting.