To sort out the various problems faced by Goan industry, the government on Wednesday constituted a core committee headed by Nila Mohanan, industry secretary, to resolve the situation speedily.
Stating that the core committee is empowered to take all the decisions, Vishwajit Rane, industry minister, said that, its mandate is to take up issues separately and resolve it.
“Problems faced by industry will be solved in the next 10 days,” promised Rane, soon after an evening meeting with presidents of various industrial estates and select members of industry. The meeting was also attended by Glen Ticlo, chairman, Goa-IDC, industry secretary and officials of the industry department.
The main issue raised by industry is of digitisation of data at IDC in at least of some areas like payment of yearly lease rent, extension of lease agreement after completion of initial period of 30 years and issue of NOC for bank finance.
Industry also pointed out that, the current guidelines for issue of construction license and occupancy certificate is creating lot of hardship to units.
Industry has proposed that the earlier procedure of issue
of occupancy certificate by GIDC should be followed till all departments go
online and plan approvals are done
The other irritant faced by industry is construction of a minimum 50 KLD underground water tank as fire safety measure as ordered by the Fire and Emergency Services department.
However with small units unable to bear the cost of the underground tank, industry suggested an underground water reservoir in each estate to be set up by GIDC and provision of fire hydrants.
The meeting between the government and unit owners was at the initiative of the Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA), Damodar Kotchkar, president, GSIA, said the, core committee would serve as a “war room and the government is keen to solve difficulties faced by industry.”