IN­TER­VIEW WE WANT PURE MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING TO BE 20-25%

Business Today - - THE HUB STATES - San­jeev Cho­pra Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary ( In­dus­try), Odisha

ON GROWTH PLANS:

We are do­ing well in man­u­fac­tur­ing and have out­lined Vi­sion 2025 which seeks to en­sure that 20-25 per cent of GSDP comes from man­u­fac­tur­ing. At present, it in­cludes min­ing and quar­ry­ing, but we want pure man­u­fac­tur­ing to be 20-25 per cent. For that the fo­cus is on six pri­or­ity sec­tors.

FIND­ING A SO­LU­TION TO PROB­LEMS AROUND LAND AC­QUI­SI­TION:

Land ac­qui­si­tion has be­come a com­plex topic. So we are not fo­cus­ing as much on ac­qui­si­tion of pri­vate land as on gov­ern­ment land. We have a land bank of 125,000 acres. Wher­ever we need to ac­quire pri­vate land, say, where such a piece is needed to make two-three chunks of gov­ern­ment land con­tigu­ous, we will fo­cus on di­rect pur­chase rather than go­ing through the Land Ac­qui­si­tion Act’s pro­ce­dures. If land own­ers are will­ing, the dis­trict col­lec­tor as­sists us in ac­quir­ing land as a di­rect pur­chase.

ON STREAM­LIN­ING IN­VEST­MENTS

TO PRO­MOTE MSMEs: We have launched GOSWIFT, a sin­gle win­dow por­tal for all in­for­ma­tion and ap­provals for land ac­qui­si­tion, in­vest­ment, etc. The num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions has shot up. We have re­ceived 450 pro­pos­als since Novem­ber 2017, when we launched, and most of them are from MSMEs.

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