INTERVIEW WE WANT PURE MANUFACTURING TO BE 20-25%
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.