CII to launch WATSCAN for wa­ter eval­u­a­tion

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CII will launch WATSCAN, an ad­vanced tool for Wa­ter Re­sources Eval­u­a­tion and Man­age­ment at water­shed level, said the new CII Pres­i­dent, Dr Naushad Forbes

CII will launch WATSCAN, an ad­vanced tool for Wa­ter Re­sources Eval­u­a­tion and Man­age­ment at water­shed level, said the new CII Pres­i­dent, Dr Naushad Forbes. Speak­ing at his first press meet in Mum­bai, he ex­plained that this tool has been de­vel­oped by CII to iden­tify wa­ter gen­er­a­tion, ac­cu­mu­la­tion and losses in ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas. CII will ap­ply WATSCAN in 50 dis­tricts in 10 drought-prone states over the next five years, he an­nounced.

Chan­dra­jit Ban­er­jee, Director Gen­eral, CII added that CII is in talks with Ma­ha­rash­tra Govern­ment for ap­ply­ing WATSCAN in 10 dis­tricts of the state. A study for Pune dis­trict has been al­ready com­pleted. The Hon'ble Chief Min­is­ter of Ma­ha­rash­tra has re­quested for syn­chro­nised ef­forts from in­dus­try to sup­port the govt on drought so­lu­tions.

Dr Forbes, who be­longs to the West­ern Re­gion, added that with ex­pec­ta­tions of a nor­mal mon­soon, GDP growth rate for 2016-17 could touch 8%, higher than the govern­ment's pro­jec­tion. This is based on ex­pected higher agri­cul­tural growth on a low base af­ter two suc­ces­sive years of drought.

The CII Pres­i­dent stressed that leg­isla­tive re­forms for in­tro­duc­ing Goods and Ser­vices (GST) and Bankruptcy law must be quickly passed. He called for strong po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus on GST.

Re­gard­ing un­fin­ished non-leg­isla­tive re­forms, Dr Forbes wel­comed the grand­fa­ther­ing and sun­set clause for govern­ment schemes and hoped this would be im­ple­mented speed­ily. Pub­lic in­vest­ment in in­dus­trial parks, roads and high­ways and rail­ways as well as ac­ti­va­tion of Na­tional In­vest­ment and In­fra­struc­ture Fund (NIIF) can be fast-tracked.

Dr Forbes said that for medium to long term growth, pro­duc­tiv­ity in In­dus­try, Ser­vices and Agri­cul­ture needs to be boosted; hence, CII's theme for 2016-17 is ‘Build­ing Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive­ness'. This cov­ers the ar­eas of hu­man de­vel­op­ment, ease of do­ing busi­ness, cor­po­rate in­tegrity and good cit­i­zen­ship, innovation and tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity, and global in­te­gra­tion. CII has launched the CII Model Code of Con­duct and Code of Good Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen­ship to guide mem­bers on eth­i­cal busi­ness for im­prov­ing Cor­po­rate In­tegrity and Good Cit­i­zen­ship, he an­nounced.

Dr Forbes said that CII's new Startup Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence is be­ing set up with part­ner­ship from Tel Aviv Univer­sity, Har­vard Univer­sity and TiE Sil­i­con Val­ley. In Man­u­fac­tur­ing, CII has re­cently launched a pi­o­neer­ing and in­no­va­tive web­site with a di­ag­nos­tic tool for man­u­fac­tur­ing firms to bench­mark their pro­duc­tiv­ity to best global prac­tices. This will help them iden­tify gaps and strengthen their com­pet­i­tive­ness.

CII has part­nered with three cities un­der the Smart City cam­paign for set­ting up pi­lot smart cities, in­clud­ing Pune.

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