New industrial policy in 2-3 months: Industries Minister

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Industries Minister, Mr Mahadev Naik replying to the grievances of industrialists during his visit to Cacora industrial estate in Curchorem on Monday. Also seen are MLA, Mr Nilesh Cabral, chairperson of Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council, Ms Jasmine Braganza, director of industries and managing director of Goa State Industrial Development Corporation, Mr Faizi Hashmi, chief general manager of GSIDC, Mr Ajit Naik and others.

PANAJI: Claiming that industrialisation is an alternative to mining industry, the Minister for Industries, Mr Mahadev Naik has announced that a new industrial policy will be out within the next two to three months, providing the much-needed impetus to entrepreneurs interested in setting up shop in the state. 

Mr Naik made the announcement on Monday during his visit to the Cacora industrial estate in Curchorem to get a first hand information of the grievances of industrialists accompanied by MLA, Mr Nilesh Cabral, Mr Faizi  Hashmi, managing director of Goa State Industrial Development Corporation and Mr Ajit Naik, chief general manager of GSIDC.

Speaking further, he felt the need to increase industrialisation to improve the economic condition of the state and its people. The new policy aims to provide the required infrastructure to industries, he said, adding that it also has the stipulated conditions to provide employment to the local youths, including women, who are presently not being considered for employment by various industries.

Mr Naik, while directing the officials on various issues in the industrial estate, claimed that the government is about to appoint a consultant to oversee the issues plaguing the industrial estates and suggest ways and means for its overall functioning and efficiency.

Expressing displeasure over the state of affairs of the IDC office at Cacora Industrial Estate, the minister asked the officials to pull up their socks in having a proper atmosphere within its office and the estate. Later the Minister inspected the incomplete two-km concrete road at Khamamol, Curchorem which was undertaken through GSIDC at an estimated cost of more than Rs 2 crore.

Curchorem MLA, Mr Nilesh Cabral apprising Mr Naik of various issues at the industrial estate, expressed the need of expansion of the estate and proper utilisation of the plots to generate employment to the local youths, who travel to distant places for gaining employment.

Mr Cabral urged the minister to finalise the setting up of Auto Plaza, now reworked to small gala type set up, with an area ranging from 20-100 sq metres depending on the individuals nature of services and requirements, thus making utilisation of the area more effectively. This has the principle approval of the board, to facilitate rehabilitation of the garages and allied services, he remarked.

Mr Cabral pointing out the non-commissioning of the tubular electrical fittings, worth crores, within the industrial estate and at Khamamol, requested the minister to direct the GSIDC to officially hand it over to the Electricity Department.

Ms Jasmine Braganza, chairperson of Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council; councillors, Ms Patricia Fernandes, Mr Pradeep Naik, Mr Rocha Pereira; executive engineer, Mr C A Balthilakhan and others were present on the occasion.