Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary called upon Chairmen-cum-Managing Directors of JK Tyre, Apollo Tyres, CEAT and MRF to come and invest in Assam as the State enjoys the geographical advantage of accessibility to Southeast Asian countries.
“The ongoing project of Multi-Modal Logistic Park (MMLP) at Jogighopa will boost trade and commerce bringing Bangladesh and neighbouring countries to only three hours’ travel time from Assam,” stated the Minister during a video-conference with Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal for promoting rubber plantation in India.
The webinar was also attended by Chief Ministers, Deputy Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries, industrial captains and senior officers of the country.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal thanked the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA) for agreeing to invest Rs 1,100 crore for developing plantation in 2,00,000 hectare within a span of five years in the North-east.
Acknowledging the good quality of rubber produced in the North-east, Goyal described the region as an ideal rubber procurement zone.
“Rubber sale at better value in the market encourages better rubber plantation,” said the Union Minister. He urged the North-east States to work out schemes and coordinate with NABARD for loan assistance to the farmers.
To a query on single-window clearance by Onkar Kanwar, CMD of Apollo Tyre and Anshuman Singhania, CMD, JK Tyre, Patowary stated that Assam believes in ease of doing business through single-window clearance of over 454 G2B services with facility for online payment and handholding support.
The minister added that Advantage Assam has brought in investments worth Rs 65,000 crore and with the simplified MSME Act, 2020, land bank, industrial corridor, Assam is the next destination for rubber industries to flourish.